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Whether building from the ground up or taking a leadership role in some of the nation’s most long-standing institutions, Amy Dean has been an architect of success for numerous non-profit organizations.
In 1995 Dean founded the non-profit, Working Partnerships USA (WPUSA), an innovative collaboration between labor and a region-wide coalition that connected sound economic research with strong community organizing. Under Dean’s leadership, WPUSA charted new waters in the effort to secure a better future for working families. Their efforts included universal health care for children regardless of immigration status, the extension of mass transit options, wage equity and community development.
In 2005, Amy brought her successful model for social change to the broader non-profit world by founding Building Partnerships USA (BPUSA). Created in collaboration with Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE), Building Partnerships aims to increase civic and political participation to strengthen democracy and advance social and economic justice regionally. BPUSA works to proliferate best practices in social change organizations by facilitating networking and leadership development through peer-mentoring, BPUSA also provides technical assistance to regional organizations seeking to combine research, policy analysis, organizing and advocacy.
A sought-after leader for progressive and non-profit institutions, Amy serves on numerous boards and has become a catalyst for growing successful institutions. As co-chair of the Jewish Funds for Justice, she helped grow the size of the operation fourfold and establish a multi-million dollar community lending fund.
Amy has also served on the boards of the Labor and Employment Relations Association, Working America, United Way Silicon Valley, City Year of Silicon Valley, the Jewish Daily Forward, Temple Sholom and the General Executive Board of the AFL-CIO.