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Amy Paulson, MS

She/Her

Co-Founder, CEO, and Facilitator

Amy is a social entrepreneur, facilitator, writer, speaker, trauma survivor, and mental health advocate working at the intersection of healing and social justice - helping to disrupt cycles of violence, fear, hate, and injustice, heal individual and collective trauma, build community resilience, and democratize access to healing resources in the Bay Area and around the world.

A survivor of orphan trafficking, child sexual abuse, and transracial, transnational adoption, Amy has been navigating medicalized, traditional, and alternative systems for mental and emotional health for decades - and, as a result, is passionate about de-stigmatizing and de-pathologizing trauma and broadening access to culturally responsive healing resources.

Amy has served in the non-profit sector as a volunteer, international program manager, finance manager, and board member focusing on projects benefiting orphaned and vulnerable youth and survivors of sexual and gender based violence.

Based in Oakland, California, Amy left the corporate world in 2011 to co-found Healing Together (formerly, Gratitude Alliance) after working for over a decade in the U.S. and Europe for Deloitte, SAP, and eBay. She holds a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management with a concentration in Global Studies from Northeastern University, and certifications in Trauma-Informed Interventions (UC Berkeley), and Global Mental Health and Refugee Trauma (Harvard Medical School).

Amy’s #MeToo story was published in The Anatomy of Silence: 26 Stories About All The Shit That Gets In The Way Of Speaking About Sexual Violence. Her memoir, The Wound Myth (working title) will chronicle her journey as a survivor, reimagine individual and collective resilience, and explore what it means to heal in a world of inequity and harm. For more, see: Amy's Story or visit amyepaulson.com 

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