Amanda Kranias is the Director of the Blue Manatee Literacy Project and Bookstore in Oakley. After purchasing the bookstore in January 2019 with her business partner, Kevin Kushman, the two re-launched the company as a non-profit organization focused on combating the growing literacy problem throughout the Cincinnati area. With a unique 1:1 program, the Blue Manatee bookstore now donates a book to a disadvantaged, young reader every time a book is purchased through the store.
Before acquiring the Blue Manatee, Amanda worked as an Operations Strategy consultant for startups and non-profits, locally and nationally. She serves as an Advisor to the Play Library and is a member of Impact 100. Her company, Haverford Ventures, focuses on building up companies that provide a pathway to jobs for women re-entering the workforce. She is a graduate of Miami University and holds a masters degree in Organizational Behavior and Development.