Amy McDonald Cipolla-Stickles

Amy McDonald Cipolla-Stickles

Director of Equity

With more than two decades of experience in racial justice and leadership development, Amy McDonald Cipolla-Stickles operates at the apex of multicultural leadership and facilitation. Nationally recognized for her work, Amy employs methodologies designed to drive systemic change for children and families whose lives have been disrupted by human and social service agencies. Amy brings the voices and experiences of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC); people who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA); and those who are typically marginalized to the core of the conversation about change in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

As director of equity at Evident Change, Amy leads a team of experts who center race to improve organizational capacity and justice. She also provides coaching for national and international philanthropy executives. She previously served as a senior program specialist at Evident Change, supporting the design and implementation of the LGBTQIA youth child welfare permanency project.

Amy’s international work includes leading professional development within the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women in Queensland, Australia, in collaboration with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, internal staff, and community providers. Amy helped to identify gaps in service delivery and developed both technical and adaptive solutions for eliminating disparity, ensuring equity, and improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families. Amy prioritized the technical assistance and supervision necessary for fidelity and a path toward sustainability.

Prior to joining Evident Change, Amy led multicultural trainings in a variety of settings including schools, social service agencies, universities, health care organizations, and foundations. She also spent five years as the diversity initiatives program manager for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families.

Amy holds a bachelor’s degree from Howard University, Washington, DC, and a master’s degree in international and multicultural education with a concentration in human rights from the University of San Francisco.


Recent publications from Amy McDonald Cipolla-Stickles:

Amy Cipolla-Stickles, Senior Program Specialist

For more than a decade, child welfare conferences have included workshops and/or keynote addresses on cultural competency, culturally relevant practice, cultural humility, and racial disparities and disproportionality. With this array of efforts, why haven’t we seen a drastic shift in outcomes for families of color?