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 grantmaking in the areas of governance reforms, elections policies and practices, voter and civic engagement, and immigrant integration. She also oversees projects in the foundation’s Special Initiatives portfolio, including The James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards, Irvine New Leadership Network, and Pay for Success Initiative. Amy led the development of the annual James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards in 2006 and, more recently, the Irvine New Leadership Network. 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. At Children Now, she led policy and communications activities to increase children's access to quality child care, after-school care, health care and positive media. 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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