Vice President, Partnerships
Amy Merrill is the VP of Partnerships for Change Heroes, an online friend-funding platform that helps anyone raise $10,000 for social impact. Amy develops partnerships with nonprofits for large-scale fundraising campaigns, and with corporations for high-touch CSR and employee engagement. Change Heroes has raised over $1.5M to date from donors in 40 countries, funding 150 projects from schoolhouses and libraries, to anti-trafficking and water initiatives. Prior to joining Change Heroes, Amy spent seven years in women’s rights and social justice organizations in New York City. At anti-trafficking organization SMF, Amy developed online campaigns, engaged celebrity advocates, produced fundraising events and online tools for grassroots activism, and helped to position the organization at the forefront of the movement. She developed partners like PBS’ Half the Sky transmedia project, the Global Citizen Festival, the Estee Lauder Companies, and the Office of the Mayor of NYC. Before this, Amy served as Associate Director of the Jazz Foundation, where she led communications and special events and built the organization’s Jazz in the Schools program. Amy is also a singer and keyboard player, and played and toured in indie rock band Mia Riddle (The Orchard digital label; SXSW and Daytrotter). In 2010 she co-founded the 7 Train Sessions, a guerrilla concert series in living rooms, subway trains, and rooftops, showcasing some of New York’s finest bands and singer-songwriters and capturing unique archival footage (7trainsessions.com). Amy holds an MA in Arts Administration from NYU, and BAs in Music and English from UC Berkeley. Growing up in Santa Cruz, CA, Amy developed a love of music, technology, and strong sense of community, and now creates and seeks out areas where technology, causes, and the arts collide. Amy recently traded Brooklyn for the beach, and resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband.