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 from ambassadors and know about our cause. It shows we’re making an impact!

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

Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone! We have resources and training sessions for just about everything that will help you become a successful advocate. We’re always here to help, so ask questions when you have them!

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

  • Managing the in-office and volunteer teams
  • Scheduling constituent and staff-level meetings with congressional offices
  • Researching legislation and updating what we’re currently supporting on the website
  • Hosting training sessions on advocacy and fundraising
  • Sending out newsletters and calls-to-action

Top three life highlights?

  1. Hearing Congressman and Freedom Rider, John Lewis, speak at my undergrad commencement.
  2. Moving from the midwest to the west coast to the east coast! I’m originally from Wisconsin. I lived in Seattle for a few years, moved to Philadelphia, and now I’m back in Seattle. If you ever need moving advice or suggestions for places to stop while driving cross country, let me know!
  3. Taking on life with my two golden retrievers, Sailor and Harper.

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.