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I have a clear grasp of how to turn ideas into reality and how policy translates into programs on the ground. I am recognized for my ability to articulate clear needs and outcomes, and design unique programs that not only address the big picture, but can be successfully implemented. My specialty is coming up with ways to solve problems through design and implementation of creative, original programs.

"Amy played a critical role in the formation of the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council, a network of some 80 companies dedicated to advancing safer chemistry.

 “In addition to helping us to articulate pragmatic goals and an agenda that would engage participants, Amy applied her keen and hard hitting networking, outreach and messaging skills to encourage a diverse group of companies to attend and to remain actively engaged in the Council.   

“What started as an academic discussion became a strategic network thanks to Amy"


– Joel A. Tickner, ScD
Assoc. Prof., UMass Lowell
Project Director, Lowell Center for Sustainable Production



As a consultant to the City of Boston, I led a team of Zero Waste experts in working with a city-appointed advisory committee to develop Zero Waste recommendations to the Mayor. As part of this effort, I was the primary author of a report detailing how Boston could incorporate Zero Waste economic development into its business retention, growth, and attraction strategies.


As a consultant to the Green Chemistry & Commerce Council, I facilitated the Mainstreaming Green Chemistry working group, and, authored An Agenda to Mainstream Green Chemistry, a document identifying five strategies to advance the field of green chemistry. 


As a consultant to the Devens Eco-Efficiency Center, I helped identify ways to realize the goals of its new strategic plan.


As a consultant to the UMass Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, I led the Clean Tech Initiative, articulating and implementing the project’s vision and strategy. The Clean Tech Initiative encouraged Massachusetts policymakers to take specific steps to reorient the Commonwealth’s economic development approach around five key clean technologies.


As a consultant to the, Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, I helped design the first Green Chemistry Innovators Roundtable bringing together business, government, an NGO leaders to talk about drivers and barriers to the development of less toxic products and processes. The success of this Roundtable led to the formation of the Green Chemistry & Commerce Council. 


As a subcontractor to the firm of R.W. Beck and Associates, I helped develop a business plan for a new Recycling Market Development Center for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as well as the Solid Waste Master Plan for the State of Connecticut.


As the founding Executive Director of the Chelsea Center for Recycling and Economic Development, I developed the organization’s mission, programs, staffing, and services, and worked with businesses, academic researchers, state and local governments, and community-based organizations to implement that vision.  Working with a diverse group of stakeholders and an outside consultant, I also oversaw the development of the Commonwealth’s first Strategic Plan for Recycling Market Development.


As the Director of Recycling for the City and County of San Francisco, I managed staff and consultants and worked with community organizations and businesses to pioneer a range of programs and outreach strategies serving residential and business sectors that helped the city increase its recycling rate by 70% during my tenure. I conceived and oversaw the implementation of the nation’s most ambitious curbside recycling program.