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Amy Schwartz, Ed.D.


Executive Director
BuildStrong Education Foundation
Executive Director
BuildStrong Education Foundation
Dr. Amy Schwartz joined BuildStrong Education as Executive Director in 2008.  During her tenure, she has led many community-based educational initiatives for the organization including the development of The BuildStrong Academy, Z Place and several new school projects.  In total, Dr. Schwartz has more than twenty years of experience working with various communities and educational programs.  Her work has centered on the goal of increasing student outcomes in under-resourced, low-performing school communities through collaboration, family support and public-private partnerships.

Dr. Schwartz currently serves on the boards of Steps to Success, the Construction Education Foundation and Executives Partnering to Invest in Children.  She was also a founding board member of the Lyons Valley Preschool which opened after the devastating Colorado floods of September 2013. 

In 2019, Dr. Schwartz Co-Founded The STEAD School, which is an agriculture sciences, project-based-learning charter high school in Commerce City, Colorado, authorized by the 27J School District.  Dr. Schwartz continues her leadership at the school as the board chair.  In January 2023, Dr. Schwartz received the Colorado Governor’s Citizenship Award in Innovation and Growth in recognition for founding the school.  

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Wittenberg University, her Master of Arts in Social Research Methodology from the University of California, Los Angeles and her Doctorate in Education from the University of Denver.  In 2021, Dr. Schwartz was honored as a David L. Clark Scholar by the University Council for Educational Administration and the American Educational Research Association.