Amy Shir serves as LHOME’s Executive Director. Prior to this role, Ms. Shir served as a national asset building consultant and financial educator for eighteen years. Ms. Shir also directed the marketing efforts of Security First Network Bank, the world’s first internet bank. She started up an international internet bank marketing consulting business in 1997 and spoke at conferences around the world.
In 2000, Ms. Shir launched a refugee IDA program for Jewish Family and Vocational Service in Louisville, Kentucky. In 2003, Ms. Shir became the Director of Economic Development at the Institute for Social and Economic Development (ISED). In this capacity, she served as the leading provider nationwide of training and technical assistance for refugee economic development programs. Ms. Shir administered ISED’s IDA, microenterprise, small business, tax credit, and financial education consulting work. Funders for this work included the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), the Office of Community Service (OCS), the Small Business Administration (SBA), and American Express.
Since 2007, Ms. Shir has been a self-employed national financial empowerment consultant. She launched the Kentucky Asset Building Coalition and chaired the Kentucky Coalition for Responsible Lending. Ms. Shir holds an MPA in state and local finance from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School and a BA in psychology from Wesleyan University. Ms. Shir lives in Louisville, KY.