Amy Pearson-Wales

Communications Director

As Communications Director, Amy draws on her 15 years of experience and strong commitment to place-based storytelling to seed connections, inspire engagement, and amplify the shared vision and impact of Philanthropy Northwest and our members. Prior to Philanthropy Northwest, Amy worked for nearly a decade at PATH, leading communications for product development teams in the diverse space of vaccine and pharmaceutical technologies as well as the global immunization supply chain. In addition to PATH, Amy has served in-house at the Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute and as a strategic communications consultant for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She holds a master’s degree in Comparative Social Policy from Oxford University (England), a certificate in Women’s Health Advocacy from the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague (the Netherlands), and a dual bachelor’s of arts in Spanish Language and International Relations from Middlebury College (USA). On weekends, Amy enjoys gardening and exploring the old growth trails of Seward Park with her husband and their young family. 

Amy Pearson-Wales's blog posts

January 17, 2018

In observance of this year's National Day of Racial Healing, our team had the honor and privilege to sit in conversation with Liz Medicine Crow, President and CEO of the First Alaskans Institute and a longtime member of Philanthropy Northwest’s Board of Directors. The following is an excerpt of our dialogue on racial healing, and the ongoing work required for achieving it. more »

January 15, 2018

Today, Philanthropy Northwest joins countless across the country in celebrating the values of truth, justice, dignity and compassion that radiated from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his teachings of service and love for humanity. These same values underpin Philanthropy Northwest’s diverse membership, and help underscore the many roles that philanthropy can play in remedying injustice and upholding the common good.  more »

December 9, 2017

LGBTQ visibility is deeply meaningful, but it can be difficult to achieve, even in the philanthropic sector. That’s why Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP), a partner organization of Philanthropy Northwest, recently launched Share Your Stories: LGBTQ Practitioners in “Mainstream” Institutions, a research project focused on better understanding the lived experiences of LGBTQ people working in non-LGBTQ philanthropies and philanthropic organizations. Help strengthen our sector by sharing your stories (anonymously).  more »

October 19, 2017

Thank you to the more than 300 people who convened October 3-5 at our annual conference to share learnings and exchange ideas on this year’s theme of Leading Through Change!

Throughout the conference, attendees from more than 70 philanthropic organizations explored approaches as individuals and as community partners working to strengthen philanthropy’s impact in our six-state region. Discussions proved dynamic, informative and educational. Some were even difficult. But, guided by our commitment to creating space for all types of conversations—as represented by our attendee-curated Philanthropy Interrupted Talks—we leaned into the hard work of coming together to recognize and reflect on the challenges facing our communities and our sector in these increasingly divisive times. more »