AMY MERRILL

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Amy is a problem-solver and enabler for good.

Amy develops strategic partnerships, produces experiential events, and drives content strategy to scale startup-sized organizations with massive social implications. She has developed cross-sector partnerships between major brands and nonprofit organizations, led marketing and development to meet multi-million dollar organizational budgets, and developed strategic communications for thought leaders and entrepreneurs.

Amy is the co-founder of Journey, a benefit corporation creating transformative impact travel experiences that are deeply connected and foster a global community. Journey combines online fundraising, adventure travel, and impact partners on the ground to accelerate social change and connect a global community in search of purpose and adventure. 

Before this, she was Chief Partnerships Officer at Change Heroes, a video-first personal fundraising platform funding homes, schools, libraries, girls scholarships, anti-sex trafficking work, clean water systems, and other projects for over 300,000 people in 14 countries around the world, all through groups of friends giving the cost of a coffee a day ($3.33/day) for 3 months. Partners include Disney, KPMG, RBC Insurance, Morgan Stanley, and some of the world’s largest nonprofits including Free The Children, Partners in Health, TECHO, and the United Nations Foundation, to effect change where it is needed most. 

Previously, as the Director of Partnerships & Business Development for anti-sex trafficking organization SMF, Amy led digital communications and produced fundraising events, campaigns, and a digital platform for grassroots activism, helping to position the organization at the forefront of the anti-trafficking movement. She developed partners like PBS’ Half the Sky transmedia project, the Global Citizen Festival, and the Office of the Mayor of NYC. Before this, Amy worked as a strategy consultant for nonprofit organizations, and as Associate Director of the Jazz Foundation of America.

Amy is also a musician, and played and toured in indie rock band Mia Riddle (The Orchard; national tours incl. SXSW, CMJ and Daytrotter). She also co-founded and produced the 7 Train Sessions, a series of guerrilla-style concerts in living rooms, in trains, and on rooftops, showcasing some of New York's finest bands and singer-songwriters and capturing unique archival footage. 

Amy holds an MA in Arts Administration from NYU and BA’s in Music and English from UC Berkeley. Growing up in Santa Cruz, CA around instruments, computers, and civic-minded parents, Amy developed a love of music, an affinity for new technology, and a strong sense of community. She creates and seeks out areas where technology, causes, and the arts collide. She recently traded Brooklyn for the beach, and lives in Los Angeles, CA with her husband.

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