Amy Horton-Newell

Director, Center for Public Interest Law
American Bar Association
Amy Horton-Newell

Since 2001, Amy Horton-Newell has led high-impact, interdisciplinary law and policy initiatives at the American Bar Association—as the Director of the Commission on Homelessness & Poverty for 17 years, and now as the Director of the Center for Public Interest Law. Leading a team of 150 staff and 11 entities dedicated to improving outcomes for vulnerable populations through law and policy solutions, she collaborates with advocacy groups, associations, funders and government agencies to implement bipartisan solutions to complex social issues. She chaired the Montgomery County Interagency Commission on Homelessness from 2014-18, and was honored by the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans in 2014. She currently chairs the International Advisory Board for the emerging Canadian National Centre of Excellence “Making the Shift – Youth Homelessness Innovation Lab.” Amy received a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of Maryland, College Park, and graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law where she focused on poverty law and street outreach.