With thousands of trail miles under her feet including several month-long stints on the Pacific Crest Trail, Amy Stork guesses she’s jumped into hundreds of mountain lakes. When it comes to mountain swimming, “there is no wading in,” she says. “You just have to dive.”
Which happens to mirror Amy’s basic approach to life and work.
“I love to go deep into whatever challenge is facing a community or an organization,” Amy says. She has brought this joyous approach to her two decades of work with nonprofits and government agencies as a consultant, executive staff, and volunteer leader. Amy is known for her A-to-Z ability to help assess complex situations, develop high-level strategies, and build on-the-ground plans that work.
A native of rural Vermont, Amy graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with degrees in English and Philosophy. A post-graduation stint on a wilderness trail crew outside of Yellowstone left her enchanted with the West.
She went on to land in Portland, Oregon, where she served as Public Relations Manager for Oregon Food Bank, Marketing Director for the City of Portland Office of Sustainable Development, and consultant to nonprofits and government agencies in environment, energy, hunger-relief, and sustainable food systems.
Amy studied in the Masters in Urban Studies program at Portland State University, and was a major force in the early days of Shift, the collaborative that launched Pedalpalooza, Breakfast on the Bridges, and other pillars of Portland bike culture.
In 2007, a friend convinced Amy to spend a winter housesitting in a strawbale cabin near the small town of Twisp, Washington, in the North Cascades. An unrepentant “joiner,” just a few months later Amy found herself running a capital campaign to double the size of the library, and serving on the local Chamber of Commerce board.
Over the next eight years, Amy went on to guide stakeholder input, board development, and strategic planning processes for nonprofits throughout north central Washington. As Executive Director of the non-profit TwispWorks Foundation from 2011 to 2015, she marshaled local, regional, and national resources to transform a decommissioned ranger station into an incubator for creative enterprise. Recently, she was a key leader in community recovery from the monumental wildfires that swept across inland Washington in 2014.
In recent years Amy has surprised even herself by learning to read tarot cards—a talent she will sometimes demonstrate in exchange for coffee or chocolate.