Amy Whittaker, Consulting Director, has been perpetually fascinated by understanding the variables involved with an organization that succeeds versus an organization that struggles – and helping both to operate more effectively. Having worked with a range of nonprofits from established to entrepreneurial, she has over 10 years’ experience advising organizations on strategic planning, governance, and facilitating cross-sector collaboration. Amy views herself as a partner with clients with a focus on building trust and honest communication.
Prior to joining Olive Grove, Amy worked as a Consultant at Taproot Foundation. In this role, she partnered with Fortune 500 companies to craft community engagement strategies, design high-quality pro bono initiatives, and scale these initiatives globally. At Taproot, Amy worked with over 100 nonprofits in the Bay Area to bridge professional expertise with nonprofits’ capacity-building challenges to ultimately strengthen their organizations.
“It is both humbling and thrilling to be entrusted with a challenge by the brilliant, passionate and creative leaders I have worked with. Each new project is an opportunity to enhance the organization’s ability to serve the community as well as my own understanding of the sector.”
Amy carries her passion for nonprofit management into her personal life as well. She currently serves on the board of San Francisco-based arts organization, Root Division and, as Board Secretary and Chair of the Governance committee, has aided the organization through both a capital campaign and strategic planning process.
Amy earned her Masters of Business Administration with a focus in Nonprofit Management from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelor of Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. While at USF, Amy served as Senior Partner for the MBA consulting firm, The Malloy Group, leading the development and execution of projects for Hub Bay Area. Amy also served as President of Net Impact’s USF graduate chapter and led USF’s team in the Clinton Global Initiative’s Hult Global Case Challenge. In Amy’s spare time, she enjoys hiking and camping her way around the beautiful Bay Area.