Amy Barad

Amy Barad

New Orleans Workforce Leadership Academy, Class of 2019, Economic Opportunities Program

Deputy Director, The Cowen Institute, New Orleans, Louisiana

As the deputy director at the Cowen Institute, Amy Barad leads strategic growth initiatives and directs the Institute’s opportunity youth initiatives. Prior to this position, Amy was the Cowen Institute’s director of strategic initiatives, where she founded the organization’s Earn and Learn program and its Reconnecting Opportunity Youth portfolio. Over the last decade, she has worked in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors in business development, policy analysis, and systems and operational management in New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Johannesburg, South Africa. Outside of the office, Amy serves on the board of the Anti-Defamation League’s South-Central Office and loves teaching group exercise classes at Barre3. Amy graduated with an MBA from Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business in 2017 and graduated with a B.A. in urban studies from Brown University in 2007.

Amy Barad is a member of the New Orleans Workforce Leadership Academy, Class of 2019, one of several Workforce Leadership Academies in localities across North America.

The Workforce Leadership Academies are part of the Economic Opportunity Fellows Network, a network of leadership and fellowship programs run by the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program. Within this Network, EOP connects national and local leaders from across sectors — nonprofit, government, business, philanthropy, academia, and more — to advance policies and practices with the potential to help low- and moderate-income Americans thrive in today’s economy. Learn more at

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