Amparo Hofmann-Pinilla, Deputy Director

Amparo Hofmann-Pinilla is the deputy director of the Research Center for Leadership in Action at NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. In this capacity, she directs the knowledge management, international and social change leadership strategic initiatives.

At RCLA, Amparo's main accomplishments include the successful direction of the Research and Documentation component of Leadership for a Changing World and her participation as a LCW co-researcher. She has contributed to writing papers on social change leadership that emphasize the use of Participatory Action Research; the study of the role of culture and identity in social change organizations; leadership in immigrant communities; and the role of universities in supporting social change.

At RCLA, Amparo has also directed the production of booklets, papers and other material for academics and practitioners and the design of leadership development curriculum, training and conferences as a way to disseminate methodologies and leadership best practices and to support dialogue and reflection.

Currently, Amparo is leading the Social Change Leadership Network, a new initiative that builds on the experience RCLA has acquired in the past seven years of working with more than 300 social change organizations.

Prior to joining RCLA, Amparo had the opportunity to do research on immigrant organizations as well as squatter movements in Latin America and the United States. She also directed several community-based research programs and public service initiatives in New York City including a four-year research and intervention program on Latino immigrants in NYC and the HATS program, a successful comprehensive HIV/AIDS research and social service intervention at the Harlem Hospital of Columbia University.

Amparo has taught as an adjunct lecturer in the Sociology Department of New York University, (CUNY) Hostos Community College Social Studies Division, and the Columbia University Spanish and Portuguese Department. Amparo earned a LLB in Law from Universidad Externado de Colombia (Colombia, SA) and a MA Phil. in Sociology from New York University.