Amy Nakamoto has spent her career working in education, nonprofits, fundraising, and youth development. Before joining the Meyer Foundation as a program officer with a focus on Northern Virginia and youth development in 2016, Amy served as executive director of DC SCORES, one of the region’s largest after-school organizations — which instills self-expression, physical fitness, and a sense of community into thousands of young people’s lives and increases their engagement with school — from 2006-2014. Under her leadership, DC SCORES expanded its work from 20 elementary schools in 2006 to 47 elementary and middle public and public charter schools. Most recently, Amy served as the director of advancement operations at St. Andrew’s School, a private boarding school in Middletown, Delaware. At St. Andrew’s, Amy was part of a development team that annually raises more than $2.3 million to support an aggressive financial aid program. As a former collegiate athlete, Amy began her career in the youth development and sports arenas with leadership roles at SportsChallenge Leadership Academy, Bryn Mawr College, and Positive Coaching Alliance.
Amy has been recognized for her leadership in the nonprofit sector by the Meyer Foundation with an Exponent Award in 2011, and by the Harvard Business School Club of DC, and the Center for Nonprofit Advancement. Amy is also a member of Leadership Greater Washington’s Class of 2014 and has served on the board of the DC Alliance of Youth Advocates, on DC’s Healthy Youth and Schools Commission, and on WAMU’s Community Council.
Amy holds a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University, a master’s of science in exercise and sport science from UNC-Greensboro, and a master’s of science in education from the University of Pennsylvania.