Amy Perkal (Witt) grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and attended the University of Michigan. Upon graduating, Amy joined Teach for America where she taught fifth grade in the Bronx, New York, and was a grade leader, student council sponsor and a member of the curriculum mapping team. Amy moved back to Chicago in 2009 to join Chicago Run, a nonprofit whose mission is to promote the health and wellness of Chicago children through running. During her time at Chicago Run, Amy helped the organization grow to serve over 16,000 students. Amy served as the Director of Strategy and Development. In 2014, Amy joined Crown Family Philanthropies where she is currently a Senior Program Analyst working with the foundation's education portfolio that supports efforts that advance the progress toward a high-quality education for all Chicago students.
Through her involvement as a REALITY Israel participant and REALITY Check fellow, Amy has bridged her passion for social justice with her Jewish values. She served on the board of Repair the World for five years and is a Starting Bloc Fellow and an emerging leader with the Latino Leadership Academy. In July 2012, she was named part of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago’s Young Leadership Division and Oy! Chicago’s “36 under 36” list.