Senior Foundation Staff
As a member of the senior program team, Amy works to ensure that her client’s grantmaking matches their vision, processes run smoothly, there is open and honest communication with grant applicants, and her clients are well-represented in the community.
She joined PFS in 2011, bringing three decades of experience in philanthropy and nonprofit management to her role managing a diverse grants portfolio. Her grantmaking expertise extends to public-private partnerships, initiative work, and funder collaborations. Amy’s work as a Program Officer with the Stuart Foundation and the Walter S. Johnson Foundation, concentrated on improving outcomes for California’s foster youth and college students; working with the systems that serve them, seeding innovative practice, and promoting better policies. As the founding executive director of the Alameda County Foster Youth Alliance, she learned the nuances and intricacies of running a non-profit and honed her skills in policy, advocacy, and coalition building.
She holds an MA in organizational development from the University of San Francisco and a BA in theater arts from Fordham University. From New York, Amy lived in Holland for several years and settled in the Bay Area in the 1980s. She is a life-long yoga practitioner and an inveterate people-watcher.