CEO AMY HARCLERODE NAMED NONPROFIT POWER PLAYER BY POLITICSNY AND AMNY METRO
Congratulations to Amy Harclerode, our recently appointed Chief Executive Officer, recognized as a Nonprofit Power Player by PoliticsNY and amNY Metro. This prestigious list spotlights committed leaders advocating for a range of causes, spanning accessible education to affordable housing and beyond. These dedicated individuals and their organizations operate at the nexus of public policy, finance, administration, and progress, striving to forge a more equitable and involved New York. To see the full list, click here. Meanwhile, find Amy’s spotlight excerpt below.
Amy joined the Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI) as its first chief development officer in 2017. Since then, revenue for the organization has continued to grow to support youth programming, advocacy and capacity building. In November 2023, Amy was appointed as CEO. Under Amy’s direction, HMI continues to grow and innovate in its response to the mental health crisis impacting queer and trans young people of color.
Was there something or someone that inspired you to pursue a career in the nonprofit sector?
My father was a career social worker and counselor in Tucson, Arizona for several different nonprofits. I grew up seeing and understanding the importance of community organizations in the lives of so many and also saw how rewarding it was to do the work. So as I moved through college, it was surprising to no one that I ended up with a degree in secondary education and started my career in advocacy.
What is the proudest moment of your career so far?
Every time I see a young person I’ve worked with or a colleague who started their career with me go on to do incredible things I’m filled with a huge sense of pride and relief that our sector is in such dedicated hands.
What policy changes could be made to aid in your work within the nonprofit sector?
In recent years, government agencies at all levels have been more intentionally targeting LGBTQIA+ youth in their funding opportunities and innovations. This investment is so needed, but often the policies and procedures around the delivery of that work have not moved as quickly as the opportunity for funding has.
This past June, Amy was recognized as a 2023 LGBTQ+ Power Player by PoliticsNY and earned a spot on the 2023 Power of Diversity: Pride 100 list by City & State NY. Her remarkable accomplishments not only showcase her commitment to LGBTQIA+ youth advocacy but also bring significant visibility to our organization.
We take immense pride in Amy’s leadership and the lasting impact she consistently achieves in empowering queer and trans youth of color. Amidst the increasing demand for mental health and wellness services, she is actively working to establish a supportive and inclusive environment for all young people. Amy continues to spearhead efforts to enhance and broaden free and easily accessible resources and services, dedicated to fostering and addressing the overall well-being of LGBTQIA+ youth.