President and founder of Newton Street, works with innovators seeking to change the world in big and surprising ways – especially in the areas of climate, health, education, economic opportunity and democracy. She believes that global cooperation, bold thinking, and disruptive solutions are required if the world is to address the most pressing challenges of our time.
Prior to founding Newton Street, Amy worked at the epicenter of global health and development for 14 years at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, most recently as the head of media relations. She led a high-performing team of communications professionals, collaborating with colleagues in offices around the world in support of over a dozen major resource mobilizations for global partnerships such as Gavi, the Global Fund, and COVAX. She drove top tier media engagement across annual events, including the World Economic Forum at Davos and the UN General Assembly. She led crisis communications and reputation risk management for the foundation and its many programmatic areas. Amy has worked in Seattle, Washington, Washington, D.C., and London, UK. She has formed a network of organizations, reporters, advocates, scientists and world leaders at the forefront of global initiatives.
Amy got her start at international PR agency Hill & Knowlton and holds a bachelor’s degree in English and public relations from Gonzaga University. She currently serves on the Dean of the Business School’s Executive Council.
Senior Account Executive, is a communications strategist passionate about using storytelling to create social change. Nayab has experience working with a variety of mission-driven clients, from foundations and philanthropies to government agencies, to obtain media placements, develop thought leadership, and formulate strategy and communications plans.
Previously, Nayab worked at an advocacy communications firm, where she played a critical role in developing awareness campaigns on a range of issues, from reimagining child welfare systems to advocating for sustainable agriculture in Africa. Casey Family Programs, the 11th Hour Project, United Way of California, and The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) are among the notable clients she has served.
Nayab began her career working as a program assistant with a nonprofit focused on bipartisan policy convenings in Santa Barbara, CA. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Karen Lowry Miller
Senior Strategist, is founder and president of The Clementine Group, a Seattle-based consultancy helping mission-driven organizations communicate strategically to achieve their goals. She believes in the power of compelling narratives and thoughtful engagement to motivate people to act.
Karen creates and executes communications plans and thought leadership programs for philanthropies, nonprofits, companies, start-ups, and academic institutes, enabling her clients to persuasively tell their stories to the right audiences. Prior to establishing her firm, she helped launch Panorama, an action tank specializing in advocacy for global social impact issues. At the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Karen served as the director of global health communications and a member of the foundation leadership team. She collaborated with partners to advance complicated advocacy issues for nearly a decade, including running a multi-year communications campaign promoting the value of global investment in vaccines for the poorest countries. As both a seasoned writer and trusted counselor, she crafted voice strategies for foundation leadership.
Karen began her career as an award-winning international journalist based in Asia and Europe, reporting from two dozen countries for BusinessWeek and as bureau chief and European economics editor for Newsweek. She holds graduate degrees in international affairs and journalism from Columbia University.
Senior Strategist, is a seasoned global communications and advocacy professional with experience across the private and public sectors including government, nonprofit, foundations, and public affairs consulting. Molly brings deep expertise in issues including racial and gender equity, K-12 and post-secondary education, child development, homelessness, democracy, campaign finance, and global health and international development.
Previously, Molly was the communications director for the Raikes Foundation, where she led thought leadership strategies on race and equity for the trustees and led a rebrand of the organization. At the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Molly was the communications lead for Melinda French Gates and worked on family planning, agriculture and nutrition. At both the Gates and Raikes Foundations, she worked on critical issues in education, including: changing the way we finance our public schools to make them more equitable; the fight to protect public schools against a wave of state-level legislation designed to prevent teaching about race and racism; and the effort to make our schools, both in the K-12 and post-secondary level, truly responsive to the needs of the students these systems have served the least well.
Molly also held senior external roles with the Finsbury Glover Hering (formerly the Glover Park Group), where she worked with both the New York City local teachers’ union, the UFT, and its parent union, the AFT; and with the National Governor’s Association on the rollout of the Common Core State Standards Initiative. At the City of New York, Molly led communications for the city’s nationally renowned campaign finance system.