Award Winner

Amy Berry

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As Tahoe Fund CEO, Amy leads the organization’s efforts to use the power of philanthropy to improve the Lake Tahoe environment for all to enjoy.

 

Amy has raised more than $20 million from private donors, including more than $1 million for a new section of the Tahoe Trail from Incline to Sand Harbor. Under her leadership, the Tahoe Fund started and grew its Operating Endowment to over $1 million, and launched the region’s first ever Trails Endowment which now holds over $1 million. She has helped the organization leverage $10M in private donations to secure more than $60M in public funding.

 

In her role, Amy is responsible for developing the Tahoe Fund’s portfolio which now includes more than 80 projects. She works with public and private partners on critical watershed restoration projects, new hiking and biking trails, forest health projects, major stewardship initiatives and transportation solutions.

Amy worked with more than 50 partners to create the region’s first collaborative stewardship program, called Take Care Tahoe, which seeks to change the culture of caretaking in the Tahoe Region.

 

Prior to joining the Tahoe Fund, Amy was director of marketing and communications for the North American arm of renewable energy giant ACCIONA. In this role she was a member of the management committee and responsible for corporate branding, internal communications and product marketing. She led the company’s communications and stakeholder engagement activities for more than 1,00MW of wind and solar developments, and worked with industry groups to lobby federal and state leaders for policies to expand renewable energy throughout the US and Canada. While at ACCIONA, she was a two-time judge of the Clean Energy Trust Challenge, the largest single-day clean energy pitch competition in the nation.

 

Amy began her career at advertising agencies Saatchi & Saatchi and Ogilvy & Mather in New York City. She has garnered attention for various brands in a variety of media outlets, including ABC’s “20/20”, NPR, and the New York Times. Her experience includes work with IBM, Johnson & Johnson, General Mills, Rodale Press and the National Crime Prevention Council.

 

Amy is Vice Chair of Nevada’s Outdoor Recreation Advisory Council, a federal appointee to the Lake Tahoe Federal Advisory Committee, a two-time judge of the MacArthur Foundation’s “100&Change” $100 million prize competition, and a judge for the Environmental Education Foundation. She received the TRPA’s 2018 Lake Spirit Award, was Co-Chair of the New Energy Exhibit at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, a Reno Gazette Journal “Twenty under 40” honoree, and a 2008 Nevada Women’s Fund honoree. She is a mentor with SOS Outreach and the Brown Women’s Launchpad.

 

Amy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University where she was an All-American sailor. You can often find her outside enjoying all that Tahoe has to offer with her daughter Grace and dog Charlie.