Amy manages the Brazil portfolio for the Inter-American Foundation, an agency of the U.S. Government which supports grassroots development in Latin America. Previously, she worked as the Acting Resident Country Director in Nicaragua for the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), another U.S. international development initiative focused on economic growth and poverty reduction, where she oversaw the implementation of a $175 million grant. She has also worked for a Fortune 500 company in the telecommunications sector, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and Public Strategies. Ms. Kirschenbaum earned dual master's degrees in public policy and Latin American studies from the University of Texas at Austin, conducting field research for her thesis with the support of a Fulbright grant, and a bachelor of arts in political science and international studies from Yale University. A native of Phoenix, Arizona, Amy enjoys hiking and traveling.