Amy Chan is the Founder of Social Catalyst Consulting. She is an educator, facilitator, and strategic advisor who promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion in her practices. She has more than twenty years of experience working with educational institutions, nonprofits, government agencies, and businesses with social justice missions. She takes a collaborative, multi-sector, and interdisciplinary approach to advance civic engagement and community empowerment.READ MORE
Amy provided vital assistance to the Haas Center’s strategic and long-range planning process. With her vast network and deep understanding of the field, she was able to accomplish more in a single month than I would have expected others to do in five times that amount of time. She exceeded our expectations. I would recommend Social Catalyst Consulting to any college or university interested in exploring how to deepen their practice of community engagement.
Associate Vice Provost & Executive Director Haas Center for Public Service, Stanford University
Amy is easily one of the most effective, efficient, and joyful consultants I have ever worked with. For our new STEM initiative at twelve Massachusetts public middle schools, she overdelivered on an ambitious set of recruitment targets in a short turn-around. She signed up over 100 engineers, software developers, and computer scientists to be volunteer teachers and mentors. She developed and implemented thoughtful strategies and processes for sustainable growth. I would recommend her services to anyone lucky enough to have her on their team!
VP of Strategy & New Business Development Citizen Schools
Amy has a unique ability to bring people and institutions together. Amy’s ability to lead and expertly facilitate thoughtful and productive conversations has yielded tangible results that are demonstrated in the strong and lasting community partnerships she has helped create.
Hope Works Community Development
Amy is a leader who excels at managing the very issues that cause gridlock and fatigue in institutions: complex projects with multiple stakeholders and varying politics. Amy supported me to grow and build partnerships and projects that connected my passions for social change with the city of Chicago. Amy is someone who I consider an advisor and incredible former employer. It was a refreshing challenge to work side-by-side with her for several years at one of the top universities in the world.
Chief Executive Officer
In my 10 years in the education field across two different continents, I have never worked with such an incredible leader. Amy’s calm but relentless disposition pushed our students to truly reflect and lead to unprecedented growth. Even as a fellow educator, I learned so much from Amy about myself and my craft. Her work is truly inspirational and life-changing.
Dean of Students
Pritzker College Prep, Noble Network of Charter Schools
Amy has been thoughtful in planning with the needs of her higher education students and of the nonprofit agencies in mind. She is brilliant, responsive, and is very passionate about student civic engagement and inspiring future generations — that is clear through her sincerity and excitement for any of her ventures.
Community Development Coordinator
Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community
Our team is grateful for Amy’s significant contributions to the Clinton Global Initiative University’s (CGI U) Day of Action at the University of Chicago. She organized one of the most successful service projects for our program to date, allowing 1,000 CGI U students from around the world the opportunity to work with and learn from the extraordinary nonprofits in the South Side Chicago community.
Community Engagement Manager
Clinton Global Initiative University, Clinton Foundation
Amy is one of the most talented and effective group facilitators I have ever worked with. It’s obvious that she has years of experience designing and delivering dynamic, transformative trainings for groups from many different backgrounds, ages, and industries. She has the unique ability to not only provide new insight for her clients, but to engage and inspire her groups to continue their learning and growth long after her trainings. Amy is also an absolute blast to work with!
Chief Operations & Growth Officer
Amy has an uncanny ability to combine social change theory and real-world practice in truly compelling ways. For five years at the University of Chicago, I saw first-hand how Amy inspired legions of students, created innovative programs, and transformed relationships with community stakeholders. Best of all, she did it with integrity, smarts, enthusiasm and a warm, infectious spirit.
VP, Chief Content Officer
WBEZ, Chicago Public Media
Amy is a champion who has proven success for bridging the gap between community and higher education. She is committed, consistent, compassionate, and dedicated to civic engagement. Amy is also patient and persistent and values strong relationship-building.
Chief Program Officer, Chicago Youth Programs