Amy Minzner, MSCRP, M.A., Senior Associate, has expertise in the areas of community change, municipal operations and civic tech, workforce development, organizational capacity building, and program evaluation. Over the last fifteen years, Minzner has directed several strategic community development studies. These included the formative evaluations of What Works Cities for Bloomberg Philanthropies and the White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities’ CST Pilot Evaluation, as well as two large random assignment studies for the Department of Labor - one on moving individuals from unemployment insurance back to employment and one that tested brochures’ ability to elicit behavioral change from employers. Minzner directed these projects while a senior researcher at Abt Associates. Additionally, Minzner worked closely with staff from HUD to develop an instrument and system for evaluating its technical assistance and training efforts. Minzner has used this project work to fine-tune her ability to design and implement rigorous qualitative and quantitative data collection strategies to document implementation, facilitate discussion of program model fidelity, and identify best practices. Minzner adds to this research and evaluation experience, on-the-ground experience working as a rural and urban planner, and helping communities envision and plan for achieving their common goals. At Community Science, Minzner is leading an effort to synthesize Community Science’s collective experience evaluating and implementing place-based efforts in order to advance the conversation about achieving deep and equitable change for our nation’s neighborhoods and cities.
Ms. Minzner earned her master’s degrees in Community and Regional Planning and in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Ms. Minzner loves cooking and eating with the seasons, taking advantage of the bounty from a farm near her home in mid-coast Maine.