Amy Wishnick is passionate about organizations. With skill, sensitivity, and good humor, Amy works with diverse organizations to enhance their management, leadership, and adaptive capacities to be more effective. Since founding Wishnick & Associates in 2004, Amy has worked with an array of nonprofit clients on strategic planning, organizational assessments, executive transition and succession planning, board development, and more. Wishnick & Associates works successfully with nonprofit organizations of all sizes and budgets. Clients include human services agencies, arts, cultural, education, workforce, and community development organizations, religious organizations, and foundations.
Amy began her career in Washington, D.C. at the National Endowment for the Humanities where she managed a portfolio of research grants to libraries and archives. Upon returning to Chicago, she was the recruiting coordinator at Mayer Brown & Platt, an international law firm. There she managed all recruiting from law schools and lateral hiring. She consulted with the branch offices to set up their recruiting programs as the firm expanded. Immediately prior to starting Wishnick & Associates, Amy spent seven years at CMC Consultants, a boutique executive search firm.
Amy has served on and chaired numerous nonprofit boards. She currently is on the KAM Isaiah Israel Foundation Board, which oversees the synagogue’s endowment, and she chaired the rabbinic transition committee in 2013 – 2014. From 1993 – 1995, Amy had the unique opportunity to serve on the United States Defense Department Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS), a committee of civilian volunteers appointed to advise the Secretary of Defense. As a member of the executive committee, Amy designed and implemented a training program for new committee members on how to conduct domestic military installation site visits to gain deeper understanding of career opportunities, forces utilization, and quality of life issues for women. She also served as the primary author of two reports for the Secretary of Defense highlighting findings and making recommendations from the executive committee’s overseas trips to military installations in Europe (1994) and Asia (1995). Amy was president of the Association of Consultants to Nonprofits from July 2009 to June 2011. She joined the organization in 2004 and was a member of the board from 2006 – 2012. She co-authored the association’s 2013 publication, Nonprofit Leader’s Guide to Hiring and Engaging Consultants. She is also an advisor member of the Donors Forum. Amy is a member of the Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management Advisory Committee. She teaches strategic planning at Axelson’s annual BootCamp for New Nonprofit CEOs.