We only don’t do things because we think they’re not possible. For over 20 years, Amy has been a trailblazer, piercing the thick jungle with a machete and making sure the rest of the pack makes it. Whether it is with students, young professionals, or people traditionally overlooked, she is a maverick, showing others that their dreams are possible. In doing so, Amy guides others to become powerful, influential shakers and makers.
Community Engagement: Amy consults with organizations, artists and researchers committed to broadening their community and cultural engagement. For 14 years, Amy has worked directly with immigrant and refugee communities from Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Pacific. Amy’s strength is in methodology. She has facilitated and designed interactive art and cultural exchanges, curriculum development and devised performances, diverse advocacy collaboratives, research projects, quantitative and qualitative research tools. Her work centers the voice of marginalized communities through heartful connections and being human together. Amy’s PhD is in Cultural Psychology with attention to cultural differences in sexual communication styles. Her Postdoctoral work focused on cultural influences on sexual and reproductive health behaviors.
Grant Writing and Program Design: Amy has written successful grants for 20 years including academic research grants, foundation program grants and county service delivery proposals. Her gift is in designing innovative concepts, bringing together collaborative partnerships, engaging program staff in design, and offering feasible implementation plans. Amy cares deeply about lifting up communities and ideas that are not traditionally heard. Her passion for community-driven work makes her effective. Amy thrives in collaborative processes and has a vast network of partners across diverse sectors including the arts, direct service providers, social entrepreneurs, activists and educators.