Amy Ward - Executive Director

Amy Ward

In 2008, after eight years of living and working in Southern California, Amy returned to her home state of Oregon with her husband and two young sons.

During her time as a stay at home mom, Amy maintained a busy volunteer schedule in her oldest son’s elementary school and for a local nonprofit. From 2011 – 2013, Amy was a Volunteer Coordinator for The Bloom Project, organizing a daily team to collect donated flowers to be repurposed into fresh arrangements delivered to local hospice patients. Before she was promoted to Deschutes Children's Foundation Executive Director in 2016, she worked as Development Director starting in 2013. 

Prior to moving to Bend, Amy worked in Development at the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 2000 to 2008. She was proud to be a key member of the Special Events team that opened Walt Disney Concert Hall to world-wide acclaim in October 2003. Following this accomplishment, she was promoted to Board Development Officer where she served as the primary steward for the Board of Directors and a major donor group, the Board of Overseers. Amy believes that dedicated people are the heart of a successful organization and honors each individual for their generosity and contribution.  

In her spare time, Amy can be found in her garden, tending her backyard chickens and bees, absorbed in a craft project, or building Legos with her sons. Amy designs a small line of limited edition jewelry, Merry & Mod, named after her grandmothers, Mary and Maude.

Amy graduated from Lewis & Clark College in 1999 with a double major in French Studies and Art History.

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Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.

Rita Pierson