President of The HOW Society, Entrepreneur, Strategy Advisor
Amy is an Unreasonable Mentor. Amy has participated in 12 programs, including mentoring virtually in Fall 2020 Programs, and has advised over 162 Unreasonable companies.
Amy is a results driven entrepreneurial leader. She is currently the Managing Director of The HOW Institute for Society. Having founded and sold three companies in the private sector, she has also worked extensively in the public and non profit sectors. She has founded, led, and advised organizations through transformational change in the education and transportation sectors and held leadership positions in both private as well as public organizations. Most recently she was CEO and President of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, a global NGO that has worked with more than 700,000 underserved young people, assisting them in founding their own enterprises. She spent 10 years on the faculty of Columbia Business School and is currently co-founding a new ed-tech venture.
She has a proven track record developing and executing ambitious growth plans, fostering data-driven cultures, working with diverse constituencies, and overseeing large social media campaigns. Comfortable in public leadership roles, she has served as a presidential appointee for three U.S. presidents and an adviser to local and national leaders around the globe.
Believing deeply that entrepreneurship is a highly effective strategy to solve many public challenges, Amy is committed to supporting entrepreneurs taking on these challenges. She currently is engaged in supporting several early stage companies on matters ranging from Board development, management team challenges, and strategic positioning. She also was the Founding Board Chair of KIPP NJ, a growing group of highly effective charter school and continues to serve on their Board.
An expert on the challenges facing youth education and employment, Amy has spent the past 15 years leading change in our education systems and working to provide young people a path to successful futures through entrepreneurship. In addition to leading organizations steeped in this work, she has written, lectured, and consulted with others in this area.
Amy also spent nearly 20 years in the transportation field, gaining recognition as an innovative leader of urban transit systems and advocate for national investment in transportation infrastructure. Her experience managing a state transportation department, her tenures as a leader of the NJ Transit board, and as a senior vice president of Lockheed Martin, and her two terms as presidential appointee to the Amtrak Board earned her a national reputation as a change agent in this field. She has received extensive recognition of her work, including induction into the NJ Transit Hall of Fame and being named Board Member of the Year by the American Public Transportation Association. She has recently been nominated by Governor Murphy to serve as a Commissioner of the NY?NJ Port Authority.
Amy has contributed to Forbes and Entrepreneur magazines and been a frequent guest on CNBC and Bloomberg News.