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Amy Chase

The Crescendo Group
Founder and CEO

Ms. Amy Chase has nine years of experience managing USG-funded projects, especially USAID projects in conflict and unstable environments. She has worked in Iraq, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Kosovo, and Rwanda. She has previously worked for World Learning, Democracy International, The Kosova Women's Network, The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Abt Associates, IFES, and The QED Group. 

In 2018, Ms. Chase launched a social enterprise called The Crescendo Group which supports economic empowerment for women, refugees, survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) and trauma, people with disabilities, and other underrepresented groups. Crescendo currently works with local partners based in Kosovo, Albania, Italy, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. In 2019, Crescendo is expanding its diversity and inclusion (D&I) and workforce development activities.

As a first-generation Chinese-American who has survived much trauma in her personal life, Ms. Chase was inspired by the resilience and strength of the survivors she met through her work in transitional and post-conflict societies. After her third assignment in Afghanistan and a short-term stint in Rwanda, Ms. Chase decided to start a company with a sole mission to support survivors and vulnerable populations. 

Prior to her career in international development and human rights, Ms. Chase was a project manager in marketing, media, and sales. She has a BBA from Baruch College and an MA in International Affairs from The New School. Ms. Chase is a native New Yorker and speaks fluent French and Cantonese. She has traveled to 48 countries and aspires to continue exploring many parts of the world.

My Speakers Sessions

Tuesday, September 10

3:00pm EDT