Amy is a philanthropic consultant who works with foundations on strategic planning, program design, field and nonprofit capacity assessment, and grants portfolio management on a range of social issues. Clients have included the Barr Foundation, College Futures Foundation, Democracy Fund, Ford Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, and Packard Foundation.
Previously, Amy served as Vice President for Programs for The James Irvine Foundation, overseeing the strategic development and implementation of initiatives in the areas of youth opportunity, democratic participation, the arts, and leadership development. Earlier she served as Director of the foundation’s California Democracy program. Previously, Amy was Vice President of Children Now, a children’s research and advocacy organization. She also has served as a Legislative Consultant in the California State Legislature; and Executive Fellow at the California Health and Welfare Agency.
Amy earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and Spanish from Stanford University. Amy serves as board secretary of the National Immigration Forum and previously served on the Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation Steering Committee.
Amy lives in Berkeley, California with her husband, son, and daughter. Amy’s son completed an Adventure Course out of NOLS Teton Valley in 2013, which deepened his love for the outdoors and sparked many additional wilderness adventures. Amy began backpacking with her family at age five and continues to enjoy backpacking, camping, and the outdoors.