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Amy Morris, a Program Officer at the Surdna Foundation, has been selected as a fellow in the Rockwood Leadership Institute’s Leading from the Inside Out executive leadership program, one of the nation's foremost professional learning and development programs for social change leaders.


Amy, one of 24 nationally recognized leaders selected for the invitation-only fellowship, will participate in a program designed to create a dramatic shift in participants’ capacity to lead their organizations and networks effectively, and to collaborate across the boundaries of issue areas, political and organizing orientation, geography and background.


“We are thrilled with Amy’s selection and look forward to benefitting from her experience as a Leading from the Inside Out Fellow. We expect the fellowship will equip Amy to help all of us at Surdna become better at working with communities to lift their voices so that they can advocate for the changes they want,” said Phillip Henderson, President of the Surdna Foundation. “Throughout her career as an educator, policy monitor, and grantmaker, Amy has been motivated by a deep commitment to social justice. Her focus on traditionally marginalized communities has helped guide our Strong Local Economies work to develop robust and sustainable economies that include access to quality jobs.”


Henderson continued, “Our work to foster just and sustainable communities, demands that we explore ways to challenge power dynamics that prevent entire communities from fully participating in our economy and society. To do this we need skills like those Amy will enhance at Rockwood.”


Commenting on her hopes for the program, Amy Morris said: “During the yearlong program, my collaboration with a broad range of leaders in the social change movement—many with distinctly different institutional perspectives than my own—will help me better understand and navigate the power dynamics that are inherent in the grantee-funder relationship.” 



Morris continued, “as we pursue social justice outcomes in our grant making, I hope to move from being a good partner and advocate to the organizations we support, to a true ally.”


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The Leading from the Inside Out program recognizes that even the most skilled leaders of social change organizations often find themselves “siloed” and disconnected from leaders in related issue areas. The program’s genuinely cross sector approach to learning allows fellows to escape their silos and work with leaders from a wide variety of organizations, with differing perspectives, to engage in dialogue and collaboration, - a value that the Surdna Foundation strives to emulate through its cross-programmatic work.


About The Surdna Foundation

The Surdna Foundation seeks to foster sustainable communities in the United States -- communities guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures.


About The Rockwood Leadership Institute

The Rockwood Leadership Institute was founded in 2000 to provide individuals, organizations and networks in the social benefit sector with powerful and effective training in leadership and collaboration.

Each year Rockwood delivers its programs to nearly 400 leaders working in important grassroots and policy reform sectors that help improve the well-being of our communities and world. Rockwood teaches skills and tools that help these leaders overcome organizational challenges; inspire and align individuals and organizations toward producing quality outcomes; develop collaborative skills; decrease "burn-out"; and create organizations that celebrate sustainability and diversity.

Today Rockwood has nearly 4,000 alumnae/i, making it the nation's largest provider of multi-day, transformative leadership trainings for social change nonprofit and philanthropic organizations.

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