Amy Passos

Amy Passos

Program Officer
Americas, Brazil, Haiti, Leadership, Youth

Amy oversees fellow logistics and support, as well as outbound exchanges and monitoring, evaluation and learning activities for the YLAI program. She is committed to growing the impact of YLAI by providing continued program support for fellows, alumni, and U.S. partners.

Amy has held managerial positions in both nongovernmental organizations and private-sector organizations. Prior to joining IREX, Amy began her career at Learning Tree International where she led the planning and development of customized IT and management training courses and monitored course quality. Later as a Proposal Manager, she contributed to the company's bottom line through the design and delivery of winning proposals.

With a passion for education and entrepreneurship as a vehicle for social and economic development, Amy went on to help start-up two youth leadership development non-profits and a commercial business. She has led development programs in Haiti and Brazil focused on youth education, leadership and entrepreneurial training. Amy has also worked with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in the U.S. and Serviço Brasileiro de Apoio às Micro e Pequenas Empresas, or the Brazilian Service of Support to Micro and Small Businesses, (SEBRAE) in Brazil.

Amy holds a master of arts in global affairs with a concentration in economics and development, as well as a bachelor of science in business administration from George Mason University. She completed her residency in Havana, Cuba and studied in the Public Management for the Development of Northeast Brazil program at the Federal University of Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil. She speaks Portuguese and English.