Amy was born and raised in Tennessee and spent the last seven years in New Orleans. She got her undergraduate degree from Tulane University and started a nonprofit called Roots of Renewal that works in prison reentry and affordable housing. After deciding to leave the nonprofit sector to pursue work in policy making, Amy started her graduate work as a dual Masters student in Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin. She is currently a Graduate Research Assistant with the Robert M. LaFollette School of Public Affairs, where she is researching rising out-of-pocket health care costs and their effects on consumer choice. Amy is primarily interested in tools that state and local governments can use to eliminate poverty in all its manifestations, including affordable housing, water management, and economic development. In her free time, Amy enjoys hiking, eating tacos, and hanging out with her two neurotic dogs.