Amy is passionate about organizations. A perceptive listener, strategic thinker, and creative problem solver, she asks the right questions to help clients uncover valuable opportunities in organizational and leadership development. Amy is a valued colleague with proven leadership ability with diverse clients in diverse settings.
As a professional and a volunteer, Amy has managed client relationships, chaired boards and committees, designed and managed programs, conducted organizational assessments, developed agendas, facilitated meetings and workshops, and more. She began her career at the National Endowment for the Humanities managing grants to libraries and archives. She then ventured into the private sector managing attorney recruiting for a Chicago-based international law firm. During her seven years in executive search, Amy consulted with clients ranging from small and family owned businesses to publicly traded Fortune 500 corporations. Clients included law firms, trading firms, financial services companies, nonprofits, foundations, higher education institutions, family offices, and manufacturing companies.
Amy has served on numerous nonprofit boards. Currently she is a member of the board of directors and executive committee of KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation. Amy is also a co-chair of the congregation’s capital campaign, Mishpacha: Our Family. Our Future. She has also served as a trustee for the KAM Isaiah Israel Foundation, which oversees the synagogue’s endowment, and chaired the synagogue’s rabbinic transition committee in 2013 – 2014. From 1993 – 1995, Amy had the unique opportunity to serve on the United States Defense Department Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS), a committee of civilian volunteers appointed to advise the Secretary of Defense. As a member of the executive committee, Amy trained new committee members to conduct visits to domestic military installations to gain deeper understanding of career opportunities, forces utilization, and quality of life issues for active duty women. She also served as the primary author of two reports for the Secretary of Defense highlighting findings and making recommendations based on the executive committee’s overseas trips to military installations in Europe (1994) and the Asia (1995).
Amy served as president of the Association of Consultants to Nonprofits (ACN) from July 2009 – June 2011 and is a past member of the governance committee. She joined the organization in 2004 and was a member of the Board of Directors from 2006 – 2012. She co-authored the association’s 2013 publication, Nonprofit Leader’s Guide to Hiring and Engaging Consultants. Her blog has been picked up by Charity Channel Press and Mission Box. Amy was a member of the Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management Advisory Board from 2011 – 2017. She taught strategic planning at Axelson’s annual BootCamp for New Nonprofit CEOs from 2011 – 2017 and has served on the selection committee for the Alford-Axelson Awards for Managerial Excellence from since 2010. She is also an advisor member of the Forefront (formerly Donors Forum).