A native of San Diego County, Amanda and her husband D'Arcy were living in Mira Mesa when, while working for the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program (SDVLP) as an advocate for victims of domestic violence, Amanda fell in love with the city and in 1993, she and her husband relocated to Vista. Their twins were born a year later and both of Amanda's children were active in the community, including serving on the City's Youth Commission, each serving that body as Chair. Her daughter also served on the Public Arts Commission, and was Miss Teen Vista and Miss Vista. D’Arcy is a U.S. Army veteran, having served in Vietnam, and was an executive with Motorola, Inc., for 34 years, until his retirement in 2011.
Amanda has always been an active volunteer in her community, serving in many capacities including on the Parks & Recreation Commission, VUSD school board sub-committees, coaching Vista Pop Warner Cheer, providing pro bono legal services to the indigent, working with the Marines at Camp Pendleton, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the US Olympic Committee, and as a Girl Scout and Boy Scout leader. Amanda is proud to be celebrating her 21st year as an active BSA Adult Scout, having served 10 of those years as a Cub Scout Summer Camp Director.
In addition, Amanda used her legal training at the Domestic Violence Restraining Order Clinic (DVTROC) as a volunteer but was later hired as the senior staff paralegal, where she continued to assist victims of abuse and also trained volunteer attorneys and paralegals, as well as local law enforcement, on the process and rapidly evolving laws. Amanda also volunteered many hours providing pro bono legal services to the indigent community, through the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) and the North County Courthouse. For this service to the community, Amanda was honored to receive the Wiley W. Manuel Award three (3) times from the California State Bar.
A published author, Amanda received her graduate paralegal diploma with a specialization in civil litigation from the University of San Diego, has a degree in Social Science, and is a certified etiquette consultant, having studied at the prestigious American School of Protocol in Atlanta. A consummate professional and tireless advocate for her community, Amanda is honored to have been recognized with multiple awards from various organizations as well as on the lists of Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in American Law, and as one of 100 Strong, Smart, Bold Women in San Diego County. Amanda is proud to currently serve her City as Deputy Mayor.
2020 City Council Appointments
• Deputy Mayor
• Encina Wastewater Authority Board of Directors
• Encina Wastewater Authority Policy & Finance Committee – Vice Chair
* League of California Cities Board of Directors
• League of California Cities Mayors & Council Members Department - Past President
• League of California Cities San Diego Division - Past President
• League of California Cities Revenue & Taxation Policy Committee
• SANDAG – Regional Energy Working Group
• SANDAG - Litter Abatement Sub-Committee
• SANDAG – Board of Directors (Alternate)
• SANDAG – Public Safety Committee (Alternate)
• Regional Task Force on Homelessness Attendee
Deputy Mayor Rigby also holds a degree in Social Science and is a published author, speaker, and teacher.