Amanda Shareghi has over 14 years of communications experience spanning high-growth startups, agencies, and international newsrooms – including overseeing the launches of the podcast and VR studios for Al Jazeera Digital. She most recently built the communications department for Series A, AI-powered edtech startup Esme Learning, including overseeing its PR efforts in the UK and across course verticals in cybersecurity, fintech, and AI. Prior to this, she built and led Sling & Stone's Business Technology practice as its first US VP, directing PR campaigns for early-stage US and international companies with a focus on SaaS, martech, and deep tech/frontier tech. She has directed comms for multiple early-stage funding rounds – and managed global acquisitions and launches out of stealth.
She currently mentors at First Round Capital's Fast Track program and Backstage Capital on communications and leadership. A lover of news, she started her communications career as a science reporter for Time Magazine. Amanda holds an AB in Human Biology from Brown University.