Amy Turk, LCSW
Chief Innovation Officer
As Chief Innovation Officer at Downtown Women’s Center, Amy Turk provides strategic leadership in the development and implementation of new organizational projects and fosters vital relationships with community partners in efforts to end women’s homelessness in greater Los Angeles.
Amy has worked in the homeless services and mental health field since 2001, including for five years as DWC’s Chief Program Officer, where she administered five programs serving over 3,000 adult women experiencing homelessness and led 80 staff members with oversight of a $6 million budget. Prior to joining DWC, she was the Director of Daybreak, a project of The People Concern in Santa Monica, California, serving women experiencing homelessness through shelter, housing, and supportive day programming.
She is a John A. Hartford Foundation Practice Change Leader award recipient for her efforts to improve healthcare for older adults experiencing homelessness, one of the founders of 1-in-4, a national social change movement to end homelessness among women, and the Board Chair for Los Angeles Central Providers Collaborative. Amy holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Pepperdine University and a master’s in social work from California State University, Los Angeles.
Ask Me About
Trauma-Informed Care and Resiliency Community Building, my favorite researchers on homelessness, and feminist cross-stitch patterns.
Proudest Moment Working for DWC
My proudest moment was when one of our participants, who previously said she was too scared to share her talents with our community, decided to sing a beautiful song in front of all of her peers. She approached me at our monthly community meeting and asked if she could sing to the others. She now attributes that moment as giving her the courage to speak up as an advocate to policy makers and serve on behalf of the women at DWC as Chair of our Resident and Participant Advisory Board.