We enable people to build enterprises that improve communities.
We are a 501(c)(3) social enterprise based in Portland, OR since 2004.
Hatch Innovation Staff
Rushada (Rew) Wimer
Hatch Innovation Board
Co-Founder of Benefit Corporations for Good
Attorney and Owner of Rational Unicorn Legal Services LLC
Founder of Illahee and Founding Chair of Collaborative Design + Design Systems Programs at PNCA
Amy founded Hatch Innovation, a nonprofit social enterprise, in 2004. Hatch’s mission is to enable citizens to launch enterprises that improve communities. The conviction that ordinary citizens have immense untapped capacity for service and innovation grounds her work. By making innovative strategies “learnable,” she enables youth and adults to foster a more equitable, innovative, and capable society. She works at the system level, focusing on building an enabling ecosystem for social and community-building enterprises to flourish, thus creating healthy local communities. She launched Hatch: A Community Innovation Lab in 2013, the economic engine HatchOregon in 2014, ComCap in 2015, HatchLab Baker in 2016, and HatchLab Corvallis in 2017.
She believes we need to move 50% of our strategies upstream to allow us to get in front of our accelerating challenges. She is currently building unique infrastructure to better enable social innovation to flourish.
Amy has spoken at many conferences and events, including the Skoll World Forum on Social Innovation in Oxford, the Harvard Business School, Yale, and Stanford, and SoCap for five years, as well as countless local and regional events across the country.
Her career has taken her from public television to the classroom and school district, to doing applied research at Education Northwest, to developing Intel’s online education program implemented in dozens of countries. She holds a Bachelor’s in Anthropology from Portland State University and a Masters in Teaching from Willamette University.