AMY MERRILL

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Amy is a connector, producer, and problem-solver. In 2016, with her friend Taylor, she cofounded Journey, a public benefit corp creating impact-driven travel experiences that transform both the communities they visit and the travelers they engage.

Before Journey, Amy spent nearly a decade deep in nonprofit organizations. She employed hundreds of musicians in Jazz in the Schools programs in post-9-11 NYC and post-Katrina New Orleans, helped fight child sex trafficking alongside a controversial activist empowering thousands of women and girls, built a partnership with Estee Lauder resulting in a social enterprise salon employing trafficking survivors, and launched a guerilla-style music series (7trainsessions.com) that went on to feature 100+ acts in living rooms, rooftops and on subway trains. 

Amy left the nonprofit world in 2014 to help build a crowdfunding platform using personal video to scale the face-to-face ask (changeheroes.com). She watched 16,000 people from 80 countries fund hundreds of initiatives and raise $4M for projects around the world. Journey was born in January 2016, as an entry point for a generation of socially-conscious globetrotters seeking new ways to travel and give. More than 400 journeyers have traveled to 5 countries to build 125 homes, renovate schools and build a skate park, and work with communities of female entrepreneurs. 

Amy lives in North Hollywood with her husband and a rascally cat. 

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