Staff Spotlight: Introducing Amy O’Sullivan Development Director

We’re excited to introduce you to Amy O’Sullivan, our new Development Director!

Amy will serve as a key member of the Ryan House Development Team, focusing on donor engagement and stewardship. She will oversee strategic fund development, Ryan House’s Individual Giving program management, and assist with annual signature events.

Prior to joining Ryan House, she was most recently the Director of Institutional Advancement at Xavier College Preparatory in Phoenix.

“Amy’s genuine nature and passion for our mission combined with her years of experience in development makes her the perfect fit for this position,” said Ryan House Executive Director Tracy Leonard-Warner. “We are thrilled to have her as part of our team.”

Amy spent nearly 13 years in Xavier College Preparatory’s Advancement Office in a variety of roles. She recently earned her Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation.

A California native, Amy holds a B.A. degree in Organizational Communication and a minor in Business from Arizona State University. She lives in Phoenix with her husband Marcus and their two kids, Colin (10) and Nick (6), and their dog Sadi.

We asked Amy a few questions so that we could really get to know her. Here’s what she had to say:

Development Director Amy O’Sullivan, CFRE

What is one unique thing people don’t know about you – like a hobbie, a former profession, a place you’ve visited?

I love to run.  I have participated in six half marathons and four triathlons.

If you had a superpower, what would it be? 

To fly!  I’d love to be able to see the world without sitting in traffic or an airplane.

What did you want to be when you were younger? 

A teacher, a lawyer, a nurse.  I was very indecisive as a child! 

What is your favorite kind of music and/or band? 

90’s hip hop/R&B/Pop.  Does that give away my age?

If you could have dinner with anyone, who would you choose? 

My grandmother.  She and I were very close, and she passed when I was in high school.  So much has changed since then and I’d love the chance to fill her in on my life.

What is one thing you cannot live without? 

My flatiron.  My hair is naturally frizzy and I prefer it nice and straight!

What do you consider your motto in life? 

It’s ok to be silly – don’t take yourself too seriously!

Is there anything else you’d like to share with the Ryan House community?

I am so grateful to be part of the Ryan House community!