Amanda DwelleyBoard of Directors
Amanda Dwelley is the Director of Quantitative Research at ILLUME Advising LLC, an independent consulting company with a focus on energy efficiency and the utility industry. She weaves approaches from multiple disciplines to understand and encourage adoption of energy-saving behaviors and technology, building on her training in econometric methods and research design, passion for behavioral economics, and over eight years of experience in the energy industry, and an early career in marketing strategy for Fortune 500 clients.
Across her professional and personal life she has always had a passion for understanding human behavior and behavior change, particularly habit formation, and how the social sciences can be used to understand and influence health and environmental behaviors. For the past three years she has maintained a near-daily yoga practice, finding time to practice in a wide range of settings and environments including airports, hotels, basements and guest rooms, while traveling across the country and internationally for work and play. She loves sharing the energy and subtly transformative power of yoga with anyone who is interested!
Amanda’s passion for addiction recovery support emerged from multiple sources. She grew up hearing about her parents’ experience as children of alcoholics, as well as her grandmother’s success in recovery as a 45-year member of AA and a sponsor to countless individuals. She is very grateful to have grown up in a supportive family that talked openly about the challenges of addiction, and understanding that addiction does not discriminate between gender or age or socioeconomic class she feels that it could be any of us working through addiction or recovery from a wide variety of substances and problematic behaviors that permeate our culture. Through her research as well as through her personal experience she knows how nearly-impossible it can be to change neurophysiologically-entrenched behaviors through willpower alone. As the opioid epidemic has intensified, Amanda feels that it’s time to talk openly and work together to help our friends, family and neighbors who are struggling with this dis-ease, regain a sense of balance within their lives. While not trained in the medical side of addiction recovery, Amanda is contributing her research-based approach, her rational and structured thinking and organization, and her inspiration and ideas for community engagement to the Midcoast Recovery Coalition.
Amanda holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Dartmouth College and a Master’s of City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.