was appointed Program Director in May 2004 and has principal responsibility for the Foundation's California Democracy program. In this role, Amy leads the foundation’s governance reform, civic engagement, immigration reform and immigrant integration grantmaking and related partnerships with a range of other foundations. She also led the development of the annual James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards. Prior to joining Irvine, Amy served as Acting President and Vice President of Children Now, an independent, nonpartisan organization that uses research and action to improve children's lives. In 2003, Amy was named Professional Child Advocate of the Year by Voices for America's Children. Prior to joining Children Now, Amy worked in Sacramento as a Legislative Assistant to the Speaker Pro Tempore and as an Executive Fellow with the California Health and Welfare Agency. A graduate of Stanford University with Bachelor of Arts degrees in international relations and Spanish, she also holds a Master of Arts in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
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