Amanda Shailendra is an economic development and site selection specialist whose experience includes corporate recruitment and strategic negotiations for Google, Inc. As an affiliate of Pendleton Atlanta, Shailendra provides economic development planning and community development services that provide a direct PATH to success for her clients. She advises both corporations and public entities.
Shailendra worked more than 100 economic development projects during her tenure at the City of Atlanta and the State of Georgia. Her work for the State of Georgia’s Department of Economic Development includes leading the recruitment of Mercedes-Benz USA’s Corporate Headquarters, working with Health IT firm Athenahealth to expand its physician practice management and electronic medical records practice in Metro Atlanta, and supporting the State’s efforts to recruit other major business moves to Georgia, including Baxter Pharmaceuticals, Kia Motors, Verizon Wireless, AirWatch, Premium Waters, and Unisys.
She most recently led Google Fiber, Inc.’s expansions in metro Atlanta and Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill. In this role, she provided governmental, community, and public relations advice and worked with multiple client teams to support efficient and timely deployment of the Google Fiber network.
Shailendra currently serves on the Advisory Board for Georgia Tech’s School of Public Policy. In 2015, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal appointed her to the Georgia Non-public Post-secondary Education Commission (GNPEC) and the Tuition Guarantee Trust Fund (TGTF). She is a 2011 graduate of Leadership Georgia, and a 2008 graduate of L.E.A.D. Atlanta, where she also served as Co-Chair of the Class of 2010-2011. She serves on the Honorary Board of Trustees for Atlanta Ballet and the Advisory Board for the Woodruff Art Center’s Alliance Theater. She previously served on the Board of Director’s for Dad’s Garage Theatre Company and the Georgia Economic Development Association.
A native of Augusta, GA, Shailendra earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Wake Forest University and a Master’s of Science from Georgia Tech, where she was a MacArthur Fellow.