Amy Moritz Bio

I am an experienced facilitator of social change initiatives.  Over the last two decades, I have acquired a diverse toolkit with which to guide you and your team as you implement your vision for social change.

 

I have facilitated change efforts with neighborhood-based groups; rural communities; public libraries; nonprofit start-ups; seminaries; churches; and systems working across multiple stakeholders.

 

The methods I use are people-centered and include:

  • Asset Based Community Development (ABCD)

  • Appreciative Inquiry

  • Theory U

  • Design Thinking

  • Participatory Research and Action

  • Social Networking

  • Liberating Structures

  • Developmental Evaluation 

All these approaches value the wisdom and experience of the people closest to the opportunity for change and puts them at the center. 

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Education

I am a lifelong learner.  I believe our wisdom and knowledge accumulates through both our lived experience as well as our formal education.  I am grateful to have had teachers, formal and informal, who have inspired and shaped me.  In many ways, I value the informal the most, but here is a list of my formal credentials:

  • Master of Arts in Religion: Memphis Theological Seminary

  • Master of Business Administration: Rochester Institute of Technology

  • BS Engineering Technology:  University of Memphis

Personal

I am married with two young adult children, a son-in-law, and one golden retriever, Pepper.  We all love spending time together whenever we can whether it is a weekend away, a homecooked meal together, or a family game night (virtually since we do not all live in the same city).  I currently reside back in my hometown of Memphis, Tennessee and attend Trinity United Methodist Church where I lead, with others, our outreach including immigration advocacy.

Employment

I am the founding Executive Director for two faith-inspired nonprofit organizations:

  • Uptown Alliance Community Economic Development Corporation (2001-2004)

  • Center for Transforming Communities (2008-2018)

 

At Center for Transforming Communities (CTC), I was both practitioner and coach in authentic community engagement that leads to healthy and more vibrant neighborhoods.  During this time, I trained and coached eight neighborhood coalitions in Memphis, TN and over 40 congregations.

My first career was with IBM where I worked in marketing, sales and technical support.  

Interspersed, I have always found myself drawn to consult with purpose-driven organizations from libraries to churches to social service agencies.  Today, I continue to consult with purpose-driven organizations, especially those committed to including people most impacted in creating the change they seek.

Collaborators

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Annie Allen, an ordained minister, is a consultant to churches and social profit organizations.  Annie specializes in community development initiatives, teaching, training, group facilitation, and retreats.

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Christy M.P. Gilmour is a strategist with a passion for developing sustainability for the non-profit community, with a focus on authentic communications/messaging, impactful business/strategic planning, and effective fund development. 

www.cgilmourconsulting.com

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Amy is a founding member of the Network for Social Transformation, a network of experienced consultants who strengthen communities through approaches that are asset-based, constituent-driven and that build social connections.