Flipping her kayak in the Youghiogheny River taught her humility. Standing on top of Elwha Dam taught her patience. Forgetting a can opener on the Wild and Scenic John Day taught her creativity. Swimming across the Willamette beneath Portland’s Hawthorne Bridge taught her perspective. Eating raspberries from a farmer on Kentucky’s Green River in a summer rainstorm taught her gratitude. Sitting at Chinook Cove on the Columbia River with the late Ray Gardner, chair of the Chinook Nation, taught her to listen.
Alaska’s Copper River taught her that rivers aren’t channels of water, but dynamic, braided stories of people, time and place.
These are the lessons that drive Amy’s work directing our national communications and marketing efforts. She has led successful communications campaigns for high-profile river restoration, protection and clean water priorities, and directs America’s Most Endangered Rivers®, one of the best-known public engagement initiatives in the conservation community.
Prior to working at American Rivers, Amy taught environmental education at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and the North Cascades Institute. She has served on the board of the Washington Environmental Council, conducts communications trainings and workshops for conservation advocates, and has written for publications including Open Spaces, Backpacker, Sierra and Paddler.
Amy received a B.A. from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and two boys.