Amy Blair is research director of the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program. She has served as lead researcher/evaluator on a wide range of projects designed to promote learning about highly promising poverty alleviation, sectoral workforce development, and self-employment strategies implemented by community-based and public organizations nationwide. Her expertise includes learning-focused and highly participatory approaches to process and outcomes evaluation, primary research, strategic grant-making, and learning meeting design and facilitation. Amy’s work focuses on research that is designed to identify and explore innovative and emerging new practices and strategies and is geared toward program capacity-building and field-building. Amy is the author of numerous publications and has presented findings from the Economic Opportunities Program’s work for local, state and national workforce development audiences. She holds a B.A. in English and an M.S. in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin.