Amy Utstein joined the School of Journalism in July 2022 after a distinguished career at UC Berkeley. Most recently, Amy was the director of finance and administration at Cal Performances; prior to that she ran the Clinical Program at Berkeley Law, and also served as the undergraduate advisor in Comparative Literature. Amy believes that work should be both joyful and meaningful, she cares deeply about equity in all of its forms, knows there is always more to learn, and believes deeply in radical collaboration. Throughout her time at Cal, she has made employee engagement the cornerstone of her work, and her biggest honor professionally was being nominated by her direct reports for the Berkeley Staff Assembly’s Excellence in Management Award (and winning it) twice.
Amy’s academic background is in theatre, she has a BA from Brandeis University and an MFA in Japanese Theatre from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa (and even worked at Berkeley Rep as their Literary Manager and Dramaturg back in the day).