Professional Development Director
Elizabeth Koenig began her career with NYLC in 2008 as an AmeriCorps*VISTA and continues her work leading NYLC’s Professional Development team. She currently supports NYLC’s efforts in developing young leaders and supporting educators by developing and delivering trainings for educators and young people, coordinating nationwide efforts to support out-of-school time service-learning, and leading NYLC’s efforts to integrate service-learning in school districts around the country. Elizabeth previously led NYLC’s STEM and Teen Driver Safety program areas. Elizabeth graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.
Chief Executive Officer
As the CEO of the National Youth Leadership Council, Amy brings more than a decade of service-learning experience to the organization. Her passion and commitment to young people is evident through her leadership of the National Service-Learning Conference for the past 13 years, her commentary through articles and blog posts, as well as her own volunteer activities. Prior to joining NYLC, Amy spent 10 years in the insurance industry working in claims, risk control, marketing, and event planning. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Globe University and an Executive Leadership Certificate from Arizona State University Lodestar Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Innovation in partnership with the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the National Human Services Assembly. She is committed to transforming community into classroom and inspiring all young people to Serve. Learn. Change the world.®
Dr. Sue Root
Senior Research Fellow
Sue brings more than 25 years of experience in teacher education, consulting, and research in service-learning. She taught pre-service teachers at Alma College for 16 years. While at Alma, she was a regional director of the National Service-Learning in Teacher Education Partnership and co-wrote Service-Learning in Teacher Education: A Handbook. Sue has led the evaluation of several service-learning projects and developed a bank of measures of academic and social outcomes of service-learning. She was the content editor of Growing to Greatness, NYLC’s publication on the state of service-learning. Prior to her work with NYLC, she was a Senior Research Associate at RMC Research Corporation, Denver.
Sue’s recent publications include: Service-Learning by Design; and Service-Learning in Elementary Schools: What’s Developmentally Appropriate? (with Natalie Seum); “Research Demonstrates the Value of Service-Learning: Significant Studies Point to the Value of Service Learning, but the Field Needs More Experimental Research to Firmly Establish the Value of this Approach,” in Phi Delta Kappan, 91(5); and “Service-Learning as a Promising Approach for High School Civic Engagement” in J. Bixby & J. Pace (Eds.) Educating Citizens for Troubled Time: Qualitative Studies of Current Efforts. Albany, Ny: SUNY Press.
Director of Engagement
Trained as a journalist and teacher, Maddy brings more than twenty years experience to the organization in writing, resource development, and training. She is NYLC’s former Director of Communications and served for the last six years as the Director of Training and Innovation at Youthrive, a nonprofit dedicated to cross-generational work and peace-building. She has taught middle and high school English in private and public middle and high schools in Vermont, California, and Idaho, and has done research, program, and nonprofit development, helping integrate service-learning into a consortium of 10 school districts in the Twin Cities metro area. The recipient of the 2016 Stellar Service-Learning Award, and a 2010 Minnesota Department of Education Service-Learning award, she has a master’s in journalism from Northwestern University, a secondary English/Language Arts teaching credential from the University of California, Berkeley’s Bay Area Writing Project, and an undergraduate B.A. in American Studies from Mount Holyoke College.