Amy Houston

Amy Houston

Managing Director at Robin Hood

Amy Houston runs management assistance and administrative operations at Robin Hood.  Robin Hood targets poverty in New York City by finding and funding the most effective programs and partnering with them to achieve results.  Since inception Robin Hood has provided over a billion dollars through a model that combines targeted funding with management assistance to support its nonprofits in strengthening their performance

The Management Assistance team is comprised of experienced consultants who are skilled at adapting business strategies to the challenges facing nonprofit organizations.  Robin Hood recruits New York City’s top firms to offer pro bono and fee based services, as well as talented professionals to serve on grant recipient boards.  Consulting and training areas include governance, strategy, human capital, marketing, fundraising, finance, technology, legal and real estate.  Amy is also an adjunct faculty member at Columbia University’s MBA program where she teaches a course on high performing nonprofits.  She is a trustee of the Leo Baeck Institute in New York and the Nichols School in Buffalo, and serves on the Tuck School of Business MBA Advisory Board in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Prior to Robin Hood, she was a Vice President at Aspect Education, a private company running language schools worldwide.  She joined Aspect’s senior team just after its purchase from Sylvan Learning Systems in 2000; the company was sold successfully to Kaplan in 2006.  She was also a principal consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ higher education and nonprofit practice and the general manager of a nonprofit focused on school reform in Chicago.  She co-founded and served on the board of the Mad Housers of Chicago, a homeless advocacy organization.  Amy earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

Transformations for Individuals: Building Diverse Urban Human Capital Pipelines

Auditorium, Lerner Hall

This panel focuses on organizations’ approaches to supporting the talent development of groups that have been historically underserved — from urban boys of color, to first-generation college students, to youths transitioning from incarceration. Featured panelists are filling gaps within the traditional urban ecosystem and incorporating approaches that effectively draw on a multitude of the city’s […]