Amy Kenyon works on the Cities and States team. Her work has focused on reforming the rules that shape regional development in US metropolitan areas in order to expand economic opportunities for low-income people. Her grant making has supported integrated approaches to equitable development, through improving access to permanently affordable housing and transit choices and deepening community engagement in land use planning processes.
Amy has been a program officer at the foundation since 2013. She has more than 15 years of experience in the nonprofit and public sector, with an emphasis on developing and implementing finance and community development solutions for low-income communities. Before assuming the role of program officer, she worked for three years as a program manager with the foundation’s Metropolitan Opportunity program, coordinating its evaluation and helping to build a unified theory of change and place-based strategies that span its three initiatives. In collaboration with a cross-program working group, she also supported the development and rollout of a foundation-wide results reporting process.
Earlier, Amy was a consultant with numerous government agencies and nonprofit organizations on projects that helped to improve the viability of low-income communities, promote entrepreneurship among disadvantaged populations, and maintain environmental sustainability. She also served as a director of economic and community development in upstate New York.
Amy earned her master’s degree from the New School for Public Engagement’s program in urban policy and management, where she concentrated in organizational effectiveness and community development finance. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international business from Messiah College.