Assistant Director of Designing Our Community (DOC) and American Indian Research Opportunities (AIRO)
Amy Stix, M.S.
|B.A .||Colorado College||1991||Environmental Education|
|M.S.||University of Montana||2001||Environmental Studies, with a focus in community development|
Amy Stix joined the Dean’s Office staff in fall 2012 after nearly 20 years in the non-profit sector, where her work focused on education and outreach, new program development, environmental and social justice advocacy, and strategic planning, marketing, and fundraising.
Stix began her career as a K-12 science and outdoor educator, leading wilderness immersion and volunteer programs for high school students in Colorado, Washington, Alaska, British Columbia, and the Pacific Islands.
She later worked as a field science educator and curricula developer for the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science and as Director of Education for the National Audubon Society-New Mexico (NAS). At NAS, Stix directed natural science education programs, budgets and staff that annually served over 2,500 children, youth and adults, and implemented public school outreach programs, service learning curriculum, and teacher training workshops across the state. In this capacity, she worked frequently with students and teachers from diverse cultural backgrounds, including many schools in New Mexico’s pueblo communities.
After earning her master's degree in 2001, Stix spent several years working for NGOs as a community organizer, lobbyist and coordinator of advocacy programs on behalf of clean water, wildlife habitat, and public health issues in the Northern Rockies. She has also worked on numerous local, statewide and U.S. Senate campaigns for the non-partisan Montana Conservation Voters, serving as campaign advisor to environmental leaders and building grassroots coalitions and communication strategies.
Most recently, Stix oversaw grant writing, fundraising initiatives and communications on behalf of sustainable housing and construction training programs on the Northern Cheyenne and Hopi reservations.
Equally passionate about international cultural exchange and cooperation, Stix has traveled extensively overseas and worked on community development projects in Bolivia, where she lived for 14 months, and in Western Samoa, Pakistan, and Kenya. She is a fellow of the U.S. Japan Foundation Leadership Program, which promotes communication and collaboration among governmental, academic, business, and civic leaders in each country. In her free time, Stix works as a freelance writer, advises non-profits, and enjoys traveling, reading, volunteering, and exploring Montana with her husband and dogs.