Amy C. Moritz is a seasoned organizational development and community engagement expert with over twenty-five years of professional experience. Following a successful (12 years) corporate career with IBM in the design, sales, and marketing of technical solutions for small to midsize organizations, Amy began a distinguished consulting practice working with organizations that serve the community and the common good. Amy assisted a group of pastors, lay people, and community members in the founding of a north Memphis agency called Uptown Alliance. The flagship program created under her guidance was a workforce development initiative that trained and employed individuals from north Memphis in the nearby downtown hospitality industry. The unique collaboration of corporate and nonprofit partners that made this program successful drew the attention and recognition of the US Department of Labor.
Over the past ten years, Amy has shifted the focus of her consultancy to the training and coaching of others via the nonprofit she founded called Center for Transforming Communities. She has developed nationally available curriculum for Communities First Association, where she is a certified trainer/coach, and for Communities of Shalom, where she is a certified National Trainer. This shift in focus has accompanied her deep commitment to the axiom that “the best people to deal with a problem are the people most affected by the problem.” Utilizing the theory and tools of numerous assets and strengths-based approaches, Amy has trained and coached eight neighborhood coalitions in Memphis. At the same time, she has been sharing the practices that lead to deep, sustainable change with institutions such as Memphis Theological Seminary, Vanderbilt Divinity School, the Tennessee Episcopacy, and the Texas Rio Conference of the United Methodist Church.