As a United States Army Veteran and proud mother of two, Amy Wentz tirelessly promotes active citizenship and firmly believes that engaged and informed residents lead to better communities. Amy has been volunteering in the metropolitan Richmond area since age 9 with various programs throughout the city. As an adult, Amy continues to serve in her community advocating to improve the public education system, working to promote safe and healthy neighborhoods, and striving to achieve equitable outcomes for the residents throughout the City of Richmond.
Amy is the founder of Black RVA, a website and social media brand that serves as an online presence for black-owned businesses. Black RVA's mission is to highlight positive community news and promote local businesses, an essential component in building a new Virginia economy. Amy co-founded Richmond Black Restaurant Week, which recently celebrated a successful launch, bringing together over 25,000 food lovers, 19 black-owned restaurants, and driving nearly $500,000 dollars into the local economy.
In addition to her activism, Amy serves on the Advisory Board for Unbound RVA, a non-profit organization that promotes and fosters entrepreneurship among low-income individuals. Amy's passion for social justice reform is seen through her work as a board member of Nolef Turns, an organization that provides a network of resources to help ex-offenders successfully thrive in their community’s post-conviction. Amy has received numerous accolades over the years for her continued service in her community. She was recognized as Style Weekly's Top 40 Under 40 in 2013, and she was honored with a Community Service Award from Richmond City Council for her extensive volunteerism in the 8th District.
Amy currently works full-time as an analyst for a software development company. She is a United States Army Veteran and a graduate of Huguenot High School located in Richmond, Virginia. She is currently pursuing a degree at John Tyler Community College, with the goal of pursuing a new career in education.