Named Claremont's Community Hero in 2017, Shoes That Fit CEO has lived in Claremont and worked in nonprofit management and development for over 25 years.
When the opportunity arose to lead Shoes That Fit—a Claremont-based, national nonprofit that has been delivering shoes to children in need for 30 years—Fass knew the organization well and was proud to take on the challenge. Before becoming Executive Director in 2014, she had been a consultant for Shoes That Fit since 2008. Shoes That Fit was named California Nonprofit of the Year by the California State Assembly in 2017. In 2019, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation selected her for a scholarship to Stanford's Executive Program in Nonprofit Management.
Fass' development career began at Pomona College, where she served as Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations; she then worked for the University of California, Berkeley, securing major gifts for the campus’ $1.2 billion campaign. After the birth of her daughter, she began consulting non-profits on development and strategic planning, which she believes are intimately linked. She has been very active in the local community, chairing the Boards of Mt. San Antonio Gardens (retirement community), the City of Claremont’s Architectural Commission, House of Ruth (domestic violence prevention agency) and Claremont Heritage.
Amy earned her B.A. at Stanford University and in May 2019 completed an Executive Program in Nonprofit Management there; she also holds a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, dog and cat. Having lived in many parts of the country, she loves to travel and see how others view of the world.
As a mom and someone who spent a large part of her career in the education sector, she understands the importance of education and believes deeply in the Shoes That Fit mission that all children deserve to attend school with dignity and joy, prepared to learn, play and thrive.