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Amy Schwartz, Executive Director, BuildStrong Education

Ms. Schwartz has been with BuildStrong Education (formerly the Foundation for Educational Excellence) since 2008. Before moving to Colorado in October of 2007, Ms. Schwartz lived and worked in Los Angeles, California.  She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with her M.A. degree in Social Research Methodology, from the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies in June 2007.  While in graduate school, Ms. Schwartz consulted with First 5 LA, the Los Angeles County Proposition 10 Commission, with their School Readiness Initiative which administered $134 million to 42 diverse communities within the county.  Before attending graduate school, Ms. Schwartz spent three years as the School Readiness Program Director with a non-profit agency serving a densely populated Hispanic neighborhood in the Los Angeles metro area.  Ms. Schwartz began her career in education and the non-profit field as an AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer in 1997.

In total, Ms. Schwartz has twenty years of experience working with various educational and family-support programs.  Her work has centered on the goal of increasing student outcomes in low-income, low-performing schools through collaborative, family support and public-private partnerships.

Ms. Schwartz was a founding board member of the Lyons Valley Preschool which opened soon after the devastating floods of September 2013.  She is also a founding board member of Steps to Success a non-profit created in 2016 with the mission to sustain youth violence prevention work in the Montbello neighborhood of Denver.