Name: Amy Pettigrew
Position: Program Manager
Location: Seattle, WA
Hometown: Appleton, WI
College: Lawrence University

How did you get interested in global poverty?
While studying abroad in college, I saw the impact poverty has on individuals and communities on a much larger scale. I also took gender studies classes in college that focused on inequality and human rights all over the globe, issues very much related to global poverty, which solidified my drive to want to take action.

What’s your favorite thing about being part of The Borgen Project?
My favorite thing about being part of The Borgen Project is seeing how much the organization has grown, even within the last couple of years. It’s awesome to hear congressional leaders and their staff say that they’ve heard of the organization and know what we do. It shows we’re making an impact!

What advice do you have for people who’ve just joined the organization?

Read our training materials and use our resources! We have training pages and sessions for just about everything. Utilize them! If something is unclear, ask questions! We’re always here to help.

What does your typical day look like?
My days are always a little different. Throughout the week, I’m:

  • Managing the In-Office Team
  • Publishing articles to our Blog and Magazine
  • Scheduling staff-level meetings with congressional leaders and their staff in DC
  • Updating team members on their fundraising campaigns
  • Hosting training sessions about advocacy meetings and fundraising
  • Working on communications for the organization, such as creating newsletters for our email subscribers and updating the legislation we’re currently supporting on the website

Top three life highlights?

  1. Hearing Congressman and Freedom Rider, John Lewis, speak at my commencement
  2. Adopting my two boys (golden retrievers), Sailor and Harper
  3. Moving from the midwest to the west coast to the east coast! Before moving to Philly, I lived in Seattle for three years, which was amazing. Now, I’m adjusting to life on the east coast.

Favorite book?
Can’t pick just one! My top three are:

  1. Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
  2. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
  3. In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

Favorite movie?
Anything scary! Sinister is an all-time favorite.