Amanda L. Adkins is a businesswoman, mother and social entrepreneur. For the past 15 years, Adkins worked as an executive at Cerner Corporation, a global Kansas City based healthcare and information technology company. As Vice President of Strategic Growth, Adkins worked with employers and healthcare providers to improve health outcomes and reduce healthcare costs.
Adkins is the former chairwoman of the Kansas Republican Party, where she achieved unprecedented election success while serving two terms from 2009-2013. In this capacity, Adkins led a “Clean Sweep” in the 2010 election cycle winning all Federal and statewide races. The KS GOP also increased their majority in the Kansas Legislature gaining 16 seats during this time.
Adkins is co-founder of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Excellence in Public Service Series whose mission is to prepare Republican women to seek greater involvement in leadership, government and politics. This series, founded in 2005, is a part of the National Excellence in Public Service Series. Since its founding, the Eisenhower Series has graduated over 300 women leaders in the State of Kansas.
In addition to her full-time career, Amanda is a social entrepreneur. Based on her experience as Chair of the State of Kansas Children’s Cabinet, in 2019 Adkins founded the Systems of Care Initiative (SOCI), a nonprofit organization that aligns business leaders with high-performance early learning organizations dedicated to improving school readiness of young children. SOCI makes targeted investments in children to prepare them for future workforce needs in Kansas City.
Prior to her career with Cerner, Amanda served as Professional Staff on the US House Rules Committee, and worked on commerce issues in the United States Senate. She was also the Political and Executive Director of GOPAC under the leadership of former Congressman David Dreier (R-CA) and later Governor Frank Keating (R-OK).
Amanda served on the Executive Committee of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce for 14 years, only recently stepping down to run for Congress. She also previously served on the Boards of The Salvation Army and The Entrepreneur Coalition.
Amanda graduated from the University of Kansas in 1998 and has lived in Overland Park, KS for the past 17 years. She and her husband, Jason, have been married for 20 years and have two children.