Amy Potthast | Instructional Coach & Designer | Learning Design Studios

Testimonials about Amy

“When I moved to Portland to open up an office for I had the good luck and good eye to make her the first hire. For over 6 years she routinely surpassed my expectations with her work ethic, creative problem solving and the quality of what she produced. I frequently handed off big projects to Amy which she worked to stabilize and expand. From growing the grad school fairs to developing a podcast series and from writing the Service Corps to Social Impact Career guide to training career services and service professionals Amy consistently surpassed my expectations. I have had the chance to work with her anew in her role as an instructional designer intern at EPIP. She would be a tremendous addition to any staff seeking to hire someone who can be relied upon to quickly deliver high quality training, writing and events.”

—Russ Finkelstein, Coach and Advisor, Emerging Leadership Careers Program, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy — and former manager at Idealist (2005-2009)

“If I can use a sports analogy, they say that superstars make everyone around them better. Well, that’s what Amy does. Anyone that is chatting on social spaces or communicating about service has more resources, ideas and conversation starters because of Amy.”

— City Year Blog (Read the entire post)

“Amy is one of the most passionate and hard-working professionals I have met. As you can see by her experiences, she has a long history serving her community, locally and globally. As my manager, she always provided support and supervision as necessary, often on the look out for trainings and tools that would better equip me for my projects. I have infinite appreciation for her sense of humor, respect for her intelligence, and awe for her breadth and depth of knowledge in all things public service.”

—Jung Fitzpatrick, National Urban Fellow, Seattle City Light Conservation Resources Division, and my former colleague at Idealist

“I can’t sing your praises enough. You are such an incredible resource for all things nonprofit careers, both in Portland and everywhere else, and a facilitator/educator extraordinaire. Thank you for letting me interrupt you all the time with questions, and for helping me problem-solve.  The blog and podcast are going to miss you.”

—Celeste Hamilton Dennis, colleague and Community Outreach manager, at Idealist

MBTI type

Finally, Amy’s Myers-Brigg Personality Type is ENFJ. Here’s the description of that personality type from the Myers-Briggs Foundation website:

Warm, empathetic, responsive, and responsible. Highly attuned to the emotions, needs, and motivations of others. Find potential in everyone, want to help others fulfill their potential. May act as catalysts for individual and group growth. Loyal, responsive to praise and criticism. Sociable, facilitate others in a group, and provide inspiring leadership.


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