Meet Amy MacKay

Meet Amy MacKay

Development Director

[email protected] | (231) 534-5259

She trained as a lawyer, is devoted to small town connections, and loves the outdoors—especially small creeks. Our chief development officer Amy MacKay brings the kind of intellectual and emotional understanding that is ideal for helping people connect to the work and mission of Groundwork. “I love showing people ways they can lend their time, talent and resources to furthering something they believe in,” she says. “I also encourage people to introduce their own circle of friends to Groundwork, and become ambassadors themselves.”

With her deep devotion to a healthy environment, Amy especially looks forward to helping expand Groundwork’s clean energy and smart transportation programs. Fresh solutions in these areas will sharply reduce the environmental impact of industrial-age fossil fuel technologies, reducing CO2 emissions, lessening toxic air pollutants and lowering the risk of oil spills—which mean greater health for everybody.

The most rewarding part of her work? “Seeing people step up to support and experience the real joy of knowing they are making something good happen. Often it's a very specific campaign that they are really passionate about – like decommissioning Line 5 or helping one more child at their favorite school eat a healthy lunch, or knowing that one more town has resolved to meet its needs for electricity with solar power. Stuff like that!”

Good to know


Bachelor's of arts in French at University of California, Berkeley and a law degree at University of Cincinnati, (and lots of professional development in fundraising and school of life for sure!).

In her spare time ...

Amy cross-country skis, gardens, swims, bikes and hikes, cooks, does crosswords, reads books, spends time with family and friends, and looks at the sky.

Favorite spots in northern Michigan

Old Indian Trail, in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and the shores of Crystal Lake, Point Betsie beach and the Elberta Dunes.

Why the prop?

Amy comes from a family of accomplished tennis players, and though she spent much of her youth in the garden at her grandparents’ farm, she still picked up the racquet at a young age.

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