Amy Fong is destined for leadership. While her federal career has been less than 3 years, her impact is already noticeable. In a strikingly short time, Amy established herself an invaluable part of both Department of Labor (DOL) and Department of Transportation (DOT), when she joined federal service as a Presidential Management Fellow. Amy’s first role out of grad school was Transportation Program Analyst for the Federal Transit Administration, where she managed financial and technical assistance programs that support tribal transit, aging and disability transportation, and human services transportation. She innovated monthly calls with everyone at FTA who worked on tribal issues, which grew into a dedicated national Community of Practice and sparked organizational cultural change. This monthly space became a valuable space for public servants to connect and share the vulnerabilities of not always knowing the right course of action.
In March 2021, Amy began a full-time role at the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy. Over a one-year period, she has taken the lead in a number of complex, substantive projects. Amy has also served as staff lead for ODEP’s new policy work on emerging technology and inclusive clean energy jobs, including developing many of the policy ideas that have formed the basis of ODEP’s expanding work in this area.
Amy has already worked in a number of varied programmatic and policy areas, driven by a strong inner dedication to creating a more equitable world with a focus on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) priorities for underserved populations. Her work would be substantial accomplishments for policy analysts who have been working in the field for many years. For someone who is completely new to the subject matter, it is astounding.