Mandy graduated from Colorado State University in 2016 with a degree in Journalism and a second field in Communications and Sociology. During her time there, she was actively involved with organizations that were fighting human trafficking locally and internationally. After college, she went to work for a local Colorado nonprofit, The Matthews House, as the Volunteer and HOST Home Coordinator. In 2018, Mandy moved to Cebu, Philippines to serve with International Justice Mission (IJM) for one year. IJM is an international organization that works to protect vulnerable people from violence. In Cebu, she worked in communications, advocacy and partnerships to help protect children from online sexual exploitation. When her time there was done, she stayed with IJM and moved to Washington DC, where she currently resides, and works on the Asia Pacific team establishing advancement and fundraising offices in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Korea.