Amy Schneider is an independent consultant providing strategic direction and management to individual philanthropists, foundations, public entities, and nonprofits in support of their charitable, organizational, and community change goals. She is an experienced grantmaker and nonprofit professional with broad knowledge of Santa Barbara County’s unique philanthropic and nonprofits sectors. Specialties include philanthropy/grantmaking, managing people and programs within the nonprofit environment, governance, program evaluation, capacity building, facilitation, community convening, and leadership development. Previously Schneider has served as Director of Grantmaking & Nonprofit Excellence for the Santa Barbara Foundation, Interim Director for the Santa Barbara County Human Services Commission, Executive Director of the Incredible Children’s Art Network (ICAN), and Program Officer with the Weingart Foundation. In addition to her consulting practice, Schneider is involved with a variety of professional affinity groups, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations in board, advisory, and volunteer roles. A California native and resident of Santa Barbara since 1987, Schneider holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She currently lives in Santa Barbara with her husband Nicholas J. Schneider, Esq. and their two children, both avid and long-time participants in WYP programming.