Amy B. Dean is a leadership development and organizational transformation consultant whose practice blends social justice, behavioral science, and humanistic psychology to support clients both domestically and globally. Amy specializes in multi-sector organization development through team building, group facilitation, strategic/scenario planning, and professional coaching. Amy partners with organizations to increase alignment between strategic objectives, performance measures, mission and organization goals.
Amy’s passion is to work at the intersection of labor, faith, and community based organizations seeking to take a systems approach to developing deep and enduring multi-sector collaborations in service to building a most just, fair and compassionate world. She has consulted with a wide range of social and economic justice organizations including American Federation of Teachers, American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, Christian Democratic Trade Unions of France, Community Labor United, Connecticut Center for a New Economy, Communications Workers of America, Equality State Policy Center, Japan Institute of Labor, Jewish Funds for Justice, and Service Employees International Union, to name a few.
Before launching her own organization development consulting practice, Amy founded two national non-profit organizations both dedicated to increasing civic participation, strengthening democracy and advancing economic justice. From 1993-2004, she served as the first woman and youngest person to lead a major AFL-CIO labor federation, the South Bay AFL-CIO in Silicon Valley. She served as a trustee of the board of the California Community Colleges system and a member of the California Commerce Secretary’s Economic strategy panel.
Amy is co-author, with David Reynolds, of A New New Deal: How Regional Activism Will Reshape the American Labor Movement (Cornell Press, 2010).
Amy holds a B.S. in the social sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an M.S. in organization development from American University in Washington, D.C. In the fall of 2017, Amy became adjunct faculty in the organization development and knowledge management master’s degree program at George Mason University.
Amy likes to believe she is a great cook, wine aficionado, and master bread baker. She lives in Chicago with her four children; son Teddy, daughter Alix, cat Gazpacho, and Alaskan malamute Leela Ling Ling Liu. All four help to keep her warm during Chicago winters. Amy also rides a unicycle.