The Academy for Global Citizenship Welcomes Dr. Amy Liszt

7 Nov


It’s a tremendously exciting time in the Academy for Global Citizenship’s history. Our first class of 8th-grade students graduated in June and embarked on their high school journeys with a toolkit and determination to change the world. By July, our scaling efforts reached a total of 950,000 students across the globe, with advocates in over 50 countries. In August, we completed our design with Studio Gang Architects for the nation’s first of its kind, net-positive energy campus on an urban farm. In September, we completed a draft of our book, titled “Reimagine Education: Designing a School to Change the World” and are beyond excited to share this with the world soon. In October, AGC was awarded “Level One School” status by Chicago Public Schools, for the second year in a row.

None of this momentum, growth and success would be possible without the incredible team we have at the Academy for Global Citizenship and without you. It has been a tremendous honor to work hand-in-hand with Dr. David Magill who has served as AGC’s President and Chief Education Officer since I evolved my leadership from Executive Director to Executive Chairman of the Board in 2014-2015.

As Executive Chairman, I continue to support AGC’s mission, vision, and innovation with an emphasis on sharing our model with the world. Over the past year, as an Entrepreneur and Residence and Fellow at Emerson Collective, I have had the opportunity to take a step back from my previous day-to-day role and focus on a strategy for scale. This work to scale innovation, both at AGC and in classrooms across the country, is an exciting extension of AGC’s mission and vision to challenge the notion of what’s possible in public education in the United States and beyond.

Last fall, we shared a manifesto with the world and commenced an international search for AGC’s future Executive Director. We had nearly 800 candidates from across the globe come through our assessment process, and couldn’t be more excited today to share with you news that we’ve identified an exceptional leader to join our journey in reimagining education!

On behalf of the students, staff, families, and board at the Academy for Global Citizenship, please join me in welcoming Dr. Amy Liszt, Ed.D, MSW, as our new Executive Director. 

Amy comes to AGC with over 18 years of experience in the field of education and a rich background in strategic educational leadership. As a young person growing up in the Chicago area, Amy saw troubling inequities in access and education. Throughout her education and career, she sought opportunities to support vulnerable and underserved students.

Amy is a lifelong learner, holding a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a focus on Spanish Language from the University of Michigan, a Master of Social Work from Columbia University, a Master of Education from Bank Street College and a Doctorate of Education in Public School and School District Leadership from Teachers College Columbia University. Amy is currently participating in the Kellogg School of Management’s Nonprofit Management program at Northwestern University.

Amy began her career as a special education teacher in New York City. While there, she also helped to found one of New York City’s first charter schools and later became the school’s Assistant Principal. In 2006, Amy was recruited for a Deputy Network Leader role at the NYC Department of Education, where she coached leaders in a network of 30 schools. In 2009, she was promoted to Deputy Executive Director for the citywide Department of Student with Disabilities and English Language Learners.

In 2012, Amy and her family returned to Chicago, where she served as a Director at the New Teacher Center. Most recently, she served as the Director of Strategic Engagement at the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute’s UChicago Impact where she led growth efforts and the scaling of research-based tools and analytics nationally.  Throughout her impressive career, Amy has managed to find time to be a parent, a triathlete, and a globetrotter.

We are thrilled to welcome Amy’s capacity for strategic leadership, partnership development, and fundraising, as well as her passion for and personal commitment to AGC’s mission. As our Executive Director, Amy will work closely with our board of directors, our external partners, and our Principal, Dr. Jenn Moore, to ensure AGC’s mission, vision, and innovation continue to grow in strength for years to come.

At this exciting time, we are grateful to have such extraordinary leadership on our staff and board. Dave Magill will continue to play a key role in our capital campaign whilst serving on our Board of Directors where I will continue to serve as Executive Chairman.  We are also grateful for the thousands of people around the world, including all of you, who advance our mission through generous donations of time, advocacy, and funds.

We could not be more excited about the evolution of AGC’s leadership. Innovation often demands change and AGC is no exception: we must push faster and harder to deliver excellence in every part of our institution. It has been powerful to watch AGC grow from a handful of dreamers to an international community of doers while holding steadfastly to our founding mission, vision, and values.

It truly does take a village to accomplish what we have created together. If you are reading this letter, you have been an instrumental part of AGC’s journey – and we’ve only just begun! I invite you to stay in touch as we embark on this bold next chapter: follow us on social media and our blog to keep in touch with our developments. Don’t hesitate to reach out to any of us with questions, to schedule time to observe a classroom or enjoy an organic meal with our students, or to join us in reimagining the future of education!


Sarah Elizabeth Ippel, Founder & Executive Chairman

Dave Magill, Board Member

Amy Liszt, Executive Director





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