Amanda Covington recently served as senior vice president of Communications and Government Relations for Vista Outdoor Inc. She has more than 20 years of experience leading corporate communications and government relations strategies impacting financial communications, crisis communications, domestic and international media/public relations, corporate branding and advertising, digital media, employee relations, public policy and legislation, industry associations, and community relations. Prior to Vista Outdoor, Covington served as vice president, Corporate Communications, for ATK, an aerospace, defense, and commercial products company. Before joining ATK, she was the assistant commissioner for Public Affairs at the Utah System of Higher Education. While there, she led communications and legislative relations strategies for the State Board of Regents. She also served as the deputy for Communications and spokesperson for Utah Governor Olene S. Walker and the director of Communications for the Utah Department of Transportation. She has a background in broadcast journalism, working for Utah's NBC and ABC affiliates. Covington chairs the Department of Interior's "Made in America" Outdoor Recreation Advisory Committee, is a member of the Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board, serves as an advisory board member for the Utah Women's Leadership Institute, is a board member for the Walker Institute of Politics and Public Service and of the University of Utah College of Social and Behavioral Science Advancement Board, and is a director of the Utah chapter of National Association of Corporate Directors. She earned an Honors bachelor's degree in Mass Communications and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Utah. Covington enjoys spending her free time wake boarding, snow skiing and traveling with her husband and two teenage boys.