Always a west coast gal, Amy has happily called Portland home for three years. After graduating with a B.A. in English, focusing on feminism in literature, Amy traveled the coast making stops to work at a publisher of health promotional pamphlets (Santa Cruz, CA), have a baby and work at a coffee company (San Francisco, CA), start a card and t-shirt business (Seattle, WA), and work/volunteer for a number of nonprofit organizations, most recently in the queer arena (Seattle and Portland). Amy came to B-Word/Bitch in May 2007 after working at Equity Foundation, a foundation granting to queer, under-served and non-traditional organizations, to coordinate fund development and outreach efforts and has since evolved to do organizational development and financial management as well.
As a self-proclaimed nonprofit junkie, Amy currently serves on the Board of a domestic violence organization in Portland and volunteers her time supporting a variety of organizations in the area, such as Q Doc, the country's first Queer Documentary Film Festival.
Amy believes that nonprofit organizations don't have to lose their politics to grow and expand and also believes a goal of many nonprofits should be to work themselves out of a job, because that means you've achieved your mission. Amy lives in SE Portland with her family and loves to cook, read, hike, play cards, and go to the movies.
Favorite color: chartreuse or chocolate brown or tangerine
Turn-ons: well-read, outspoken, good hearts, good hair
Turnoffs: greed, apathy, intellectuals with attitude
Celebrity crush: Mary Stuart Masterson
Secretly wishes she were a: tap dancer
Favorite album: Michael Jackson, Thriller
Favorite movies: Auntie Mame, my cousin vinnie, pillow talk, raise the red lantern
Favorite books: Fried Green Tomatoes At the Whistle Stop Café, All Men are Mortal, Kite Runner, Age of Innocence