Urban Adamah & COVID-19 Updates…

Amy Shoemaker

Hi, I’m Amy! I sing prayerful songs loudly in stairwells and while riding my bike. I love mornings, books, and tea, especially all together. Some of my greatest joys are meals in community, meandering walks in full sun, being in nature of all types (forests and deserts especially), and giving big hugs to dogs I’ve just met. I’m a listener, a learner, and a lover of life’s small joys.

I grew up in San Diego, received my BA from Pomona College in Mathematics with a minor in Philosophy, and received a MS from Stanford University in Computational and Mathematical Engineering. I taught high school math at Andover Phillips Academy, an East Coast prep school, and at (HS)2, a Colorado residential summer program for underserved students, both of which involved living in community with young people. I’ve also lived in several intentional communities, including a monastery in Bodh Gaya, India, Green Gulch Farm in Muir Woods, and the Urban Adamah Fellowship in Fall 2017.

In my current career, I work as a data scientist for the Stanford Computational Policy Lab (SCPL), where we use mathematical and technological tools to expose and work to change systemic inequities in the criminal justice system. In January, I’ll be transitioning into a new role: Director of Community Outreach and Inclusion at SCPL, in which I’ll be building relationships with community organizations and helping to ensure formerly incarcerated and other marginalized voices are heard and elevated in our work. I volunteer at the Stanford Hospital doing spiritual care work, and in 2020, i’ll be starting professional chaplaincy training. My life’s greatest work, which never seems to feel like work, is connecting to the earth and to the human spirit through compassionate listening. I derive much of my strength from my loving communities, my partner, and from Jewish, Buddhist, and earth-based spirituality. (As you might have guessed, this makes Urban Adamah a pretty great fit for me!)

I’m really looking forward to being a part of the Urban Adamah board to support an institution that has shaped the best parts of me, to bring the Fellow perspective into the conversation, and to learn from all of the collective wisdom and experience on this board. Can’t wait to meet you all!