Amy Howton


As a social justice educator, activist, and counselor, Amy’s experience as a changemaker has always bridged theory and practice.

Amy got her start in social change as a grassroots activist and organizer, which led to work in policy and institutional advocacy. Amy most recently served the University of Cincinnati’s Women’s Center, providing high-impact programming aimed at developing students into change agents. At Design Impact, Amy leads team development, social impact evaluation and community engagement work. She was drawn to Design Impact’s unique position as changemakers outside of systems, as well as their deep commitment to working alongside communities in solving the problems that affect them. 

Amy earned her M.A. in Women’s Studies and her Ed.D. in Counselor Education, focusing on action research as a tool for organizational and institutional change. Amy’s work has been published in various outlets including the Journal for Action Research. She was also named an Outstanding Educator in the region based on her “innovation in the classroom” and “student-centered teaching.” Amy serves on the board of Peaslee Neighborhood Center in Over-the-Rhine. Amy is a part-time staff member. 

Creative Outlets: Photography, writing, all things nature, killin’ it on the dance floor (or anywhere, really)
Causes: Art as activism, participatory education, gender and racial justice, radical listening, holding space for dialogue

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