Amy Ahrens Terpstra
Chief Impact Officer
Amy Ahrens Terpstra is the Chief Impact Officer for United Way of Salt Lake. She leads the talented team working to cultivate partnerships capable of creating lasting social change in schools, neighborhoods, and across the region. Amy joined the UWSL team in 2016 and focused on building cross-sector, regional collaborative action networks that align programs, engage in continuous improvement, and change systems in order to improve specific, measurable outcomes.
For 11 years prior to that, Amy led research and evaluation work at the Chicago-based Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights. There she managed a diverse portfolio of applied research studies with people who were experiencing poverty and intense hardship and trauma. For over a decade she researched and wrote Heartland Alliance’s flagship publication, the annual Report on Illinois Poverty, which informed the work of thousands of providers, advocates, and decision-makers in the state.
Amy holds a bachelors degree in social work from Trinity Christian College and a masters degree in social work from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Amy loves to travel and ski with her husband, hike with her dog Huckleberry, run long distances in solitude, and discuss true crime podcasts with anyone who will listen.