Amy Taylor




Amy combines her passion for education and youth development with a strong background in fundraising and management including 15 years of successfully growing and sustaining programs and organizations. 


Amy started her career at the YMCA working in before and after- school care and summer camps.  From there she served in AmeriCorps working for a program called Youth as Resources, which brought youth and adults together through board membership and service projects.  As Executive Director of Formative Years Foundation, Amy helped launch a comprehensive resource directory for child care options, education, playgroups, and health for families living and raising children in Chicago.


While pursuing her MSW at Boston University, Amy interned for Early Education for All, a multi-agency committee; and worked as a case manager in the Mission Hill Housing Development linking families to community resources. 


After graduation, Amy returned to Chicago and worked for Glenwood Academy, a private boarding school for children from low-income, single-parent families.  As Director of Development, Amy was instrumental in helping create strategic thinking to diversify the school’s fundraising revenue streams and increase its support from foundations and corporations.  During her tenure at Glenwood Academy, Amy transitioned into a case manager role to work directly with youth and their families. 


Most recently, Amy served as Managing Director of Development and Operations at Accelerate Institute, a non-profit education reform agency, where she oversaw fundraising and operations.


Hailing from Northwest Indiana, Amy benefited from after-school programming by connecting with her life-long passion for running through cross-country and track. It was during those after-school hours that Amy discovered her athletic ability, formed lasting friendships, and learned how to compete and lead. Amy now embraces Chicago as her hometown after living in the city for over 15 years. Amy lives with her husband and daughter and enjoys every minute of living in such a diverse and beautiful city.