Amy Pipher is a true Hoosier, born and raised in the same town her father grew up in. When she graduated from high school, she sought out the new and unknown in hopes of expanding her mind and her perspective.
Amy pursued a Bachelor of Arts in history and international relations at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, GA, which eventually took her to Brussels for a year for a study abroad program. There, she immersed herself in European peace and security studies. After returning to the United States and graduating from college, Amy pursued her master’s in international peace and conflict resolution at American University in Washington, DC while debating her future career plans.
Throughout college, I took a lot of internships in law offices. I also worked in a clerk’s office for a judge, just kind of exploring the different parts of the legal system, and realized by the time I graduated that I did not want to work in that environment. It just wasn’t a place for me. I found it all really interesting. and I liked building arguments, but I didn’t like that, no matter what, you’re always fighting against someone.
After studying peace and conflict and exploring new cultures beyond her Indiana hometown, Amy wanted to find a career where she could bring brilliant people together to create a better world for everyone.
American [University] is one of the top ten programs in the world for international studies, so I was able to work with the best of the best. While I was there, I also did a number of internships, but the biggest was with the International Peace and Security Institute, which is where I ended up getting a job after I graduated.
In her role at the International Peace and Security Institute, Amy wore many hats, including project manager and program coordinator, and she helped organize programs that brought industry leaders and future peace-builders together to discuss best practices for localized peacebuilding. Her primary program was Sarajevo Symposium on Post-Conflict Transitions, which brought together young, aspiring leaders from around the world, and immersed them in a multi-week program where they learned from experts on topics related to peace building to spark conversations and change-making actions.
I feel like the biggest thing that runs through all of my different positions and careers is I just really like bringing lots of different people and perspectives to the table, finding commonalities, and identifying ways to be able to work forward to improve the world around us.
Amy enjoyed her time at the Institute but began to feel called to other areas of need in the surrounding not-for-profit world.
One of the biggest gaps I saw in the way we delivered services through the nonprofit, like when you work with communities, is that not a lot was really data driven.
At this previous role, Amy took it upon herself to set up guidelines for data governance, what data to preserve, how to keep it safe, and how to use lessons found from the data to improve the services delivered to the impacted communities.
During this time, Resultant was looking for someone to join the United Way Impact Funds reporting project, which was trying to accomplish the same data reconciliation as Amy was working on. She fit right into a team of people who collaborate with clients to identify problems and build solutions: It’s peace building and data management on an incredibly impactful scale.
I really like bringing lots of different people and perspectives to the table and finding commonalities and ways to be able to work forward, to just improve the world around us. My previous job seems very different from my current job . . . except it isn’t. When I talk about international peace building and what that means, it means community building. It means bringing people together and addressing systemic issues in our community.
One of Amy’s favorite projects today is with the AARP Foundation. She admires the team and their enthusiastic belief in their work. Over the past few years, Amy’s team has helped the AARP Foundation Experience Corps transition to supporting virtual service delivery for literacy tutoring and support for rolling out a custom application for their programs. This team is also working to support program staff and tutors through training, technology support, communication planning, and strategic design for future initiatives.
Curious about joining a team like Amy’s using data to push real solutions for change?