Amy Tobin


Nonprofit maven


Makes community centers


Expert in organizational development


Works hard for a good mission



Writes and sings musiclisten here and more here


Occasionally sings as a guest of the Conspiracy of Beards – watch here



Has worked with artists, Jews, and activists,

poets, brides, and farmers,

a 4-track, rabbis, and a shadow-puppet master,

a cartoon museum, a world-class drummer, and philanthropists.



Listen to a 2012 podcast about her exploits and interests.



Details and incidentals


Amy was the founding Executive Director of the David Brower Center in Berkeley: a 50,000 sq ft ultra-green building destination for people who see nature and society as inextricably interdependent.


She has produced 20 years of shows, events, and interpretations of Jewish holidays in every kind of club, venue, and gallery. She consults and volunteers with smart nonprofits.


Amy wrote and toured the cabaret rock opera The Esther Show inspired by the biblical book of Esther.


She was the founding Artistic Director of The Hub at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, presenting all kinds of great Jewish performance art and music.


Her first musical was produced in third grade, her first bandmate was Jeff McCaffrey and she has sung and written and performed with friends like Kevin Carnes, Pireeni Sundaralingam and Colm OŐRiain, and Amichai Lau-Lavie. She sang backup for The Beanweevils. (That is apparently no longer the bandŐs website, but you may still find it interesting.)


She worked her way through NYUŐs Experimental Theatre Wing painting stripes on pots as Jonathan AdlerŐs second employee. They listened to Pat Benatar and NPR.


Amy was once a wedding planner, spending her early twenties making other peoplesŐ memories every Friday and Saturday night. ItŐs one way to learn about politics.


She lived in Denmark as an udvekslingstudent which made her understand how to read and ride culture shock.



Gerbode Foundation fellow, 2012


San Francisco Fringe Festival, 2007


Joshua Venture Fellow, 2001-2003


Best Smile, 4th grade


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