About Amy

Who Amy Is

Amy B. Dean is a senior consultant at the Management Assistance Group (MAG), a public policy fellow at The Century Foundation, and principal of ABD Ventures LLC, an organization development consulting firm that partners with individuals, teams, and communities seeking social change.
As a leadership development and organizational transformation consultant, Amy's practice blends social justice, behavioral science, and humanistic psychology to support clients both domestically and globally. Amy specializes in multi-sector organization development through team building, group facilitation, strategic/scenario planning, and professional coaching. Amy partners with organizations to increase alignment between strategic objectives, performance measures, mission, and organization goals.
Amy’s passion is to take a systems approach to developing deep and enduring multi-sector collaborations in service to building a just, fair, and compassionate world. She has consulted with a wide range of nonprofits, foundations, and social and economic justice organizations including the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, the American Federation of Teachers, Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, Christian Democratic Trade Unions of France, Community Labor United, Connecticut Center for a New Economy, the Communications Workers of America, the Crown Christian Day Schools of South Africa, the Equality State Policy Center, the Japan Institute of Labor, Jewish Funds for Justice, and the Service Employees International Union.
Before launching her own organization development consulting practice, Amy founded two national non-profit organizations dedicated to increasing civic participation, strengthening democracy and advancing economic justice. From 1993-2004 she served as the first woman and youngest person to lead a major AFL-CIO labor federation, the South Bay AFL-CIO in Silicon Valley. She served as a trustee of the board of the California Community Colleges system and a member of the California Commerce Secretary’s Economic strategy panel. Amy is co-author, with David Reynolds, of A New New Deal: How Regional Activism Will Reshape the American Labor Movement (Cornell University Press, 2010).
Amy has published widely as a political analyst and commentator. She previously served as a columnist for Truthout andAl Jazeera America, writing on workplace issues, social movements, and American politics. Amy serves on the editorial board of New Labor Forum and contributes to magazines and newspapers including the Boston Review, the Nation,Crain’s Chicago Business, the Jewish Daily Forward, Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, the American Prospect, Yes! Magazine, Tikkun, and the Harvard International Review. Amy has appeared on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, the NewsHour, National Public Radio, and Good Morning America. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, theWall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Los Angeles Times, Business Week, Le Monde, and Fast Company.
Amy holds a B.S. in the social sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an M.S. in organization development from American University in Washington, D.C. In the fall of 2017, Amy will become an adjunct faculty member in the organization development and knowledge management master’s degree program at George Mason University.
Amy likes to believe she is a great cook, wine aficionado, and master bread baker. She lives in Chicago with her four children; son Teddy, daughter Alix, cat Gazpacho, and Alaskan malamute Leela Ling Ling Liu. All four help to keep her warm during Chicago winters. Amy also rides a unicycle.