Amanda Herlihy named GSA Business Report’s 2024 Women of Influence honoree

March 5, 2024

Amanda Herlihy, executive director of the SC Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities Foundation, was named a 2024 Woman of Influence by GSA Business Report. This honor is bestowed upon Upstate businesswomen who are reaching inspiring heights in their careers and providing inspirational examples by giving back to the community. Nominations for the award are submitted annually by businesses, organizations and individuals.

A native of Cortlandt Manor, New York, Herlihy holds a bachelor’s degree in fine and performing arts and arts management from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. She began working at the Governor’s School in 2018 as the director of development. She served as the interim executive director and was named executive director in June 2023. Herlihy has been instrumental in raising funds to support arts education across the state.

Relationship building has been Herlihy’s passion, and in the Greenville community, she has served on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Piedmont Chapter since 2021 in various roles, including vice president of membership, vice president of communications, and mentorship chair. Herlihy is also a member of the Rotary Club of Greenville and serves as the Association Health Plan Trustee for Together SC.

“We are honored to recognize Amanda for her outstanding contributions to our community. Her dedication and impact speak volumes, quietly influencing and enriching the lives of those around her,” said Fain McDaniel, Governor’s School Foundation board chair. “Amanda’s humility and genuine commitment to making a difference exemplify the spirit of service that defines a Woman of Influence. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to her on this well-deserved honor.”



The SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities Foundation is a nonprofit organization that raises money to support the Governor’s School. The foundation uses its  resources to increase access to the school for students who need financial support, aid the  school’s efforts to provide arts education in under-resourced counties, and bridge the gap  between state funding and the unique needs of South Carolina’s premier public arts school. Visit or call (864) 282-1570.