Amy Tracewell MNL '24 To Direct Master Of Nonprofit Leadership Program
Pacific University is turning to one of its own to lead its newest graduate program with the selection of Amy Tracewell MNL ’24 as the new director of the university’s Master of Nonprofit Leadership Program.
Tracewell assumed leadership of the program in late January. She transitions to the MNL program after seven years as a member of the university’s advancement team, where she was a major gifts officer, focusing on corporate and foundation relations.
"We are thrilled to welcome Amy as the director of our Master of Nonprofit Leadership program," said Jim Moore, acting associate dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. "Amy's extensive experience, commitment to community building, and passion for nonprofit excellence make her the ideal leader to guide our students toward becoming effective and compassionate leaders in the nonprofit world. We are confident that under her guidance, the program will continue to thrive and make a significant difference in our communities."
Tracewell brings over two decades in nonprofit leadership and communications to the MNL program. Before she arrived at Pacific, Tracewell served as the director of communications and advancement at the Nonprofit Association of Oregon. From 2006 to 2014, Tracewell served as executive director of PeaceHealth’s Cottage Grove Community Hospital Foundation, where she developed a successful community-based fundraising model.
Tracewell began her career in the newspaper business with the Cottage Grove Sentinel, eventually serving as the publication’s publisher.
Tracewell has been recognized for her community-building contributions. Her work has been recognized with the Ford Family Foundation Community Fellowship Award. She is a past senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum of Oregon, and a graduate of the Ford Foundation Leadership Program and the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy’s Madison Institute.
A resident of Forest Grove, Tracewell is the 2023-24 president of the Rotary Club of Forest Grove and is a past president of the Rotary Club of Cottage Grove. She is a member of the executive committee of Rural Development Initiatives, a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening economic development in rural communities, and is the organization’s past president. She is also a past member of the Hillsboro Schools Foundation and the City of Forest Grove’s Public Arts Commission.
Tracewell is a 1996 graduate of Oregon State University with a degree in anthropology.
Pacific’s newest graduate offering, the Master of Nonprofit Leadership is an online program designed to educate leaders with the tools to make significant and positive changes in the community. The program partners with the Nonprofit Association of Oregon and offers both full-time and part-time tracks for working professionals. The program graduated its first cohort in January 2024.