Amy Coates Madsen


Amy Coates Madsen is the Vice President for Programs at Maryland Nonprofits and the Director of the Standards for Excellence Institute.  The Standards for Excellence Institute is a program of Maryland Nonprofits where Amy has served for more than twenty-five years.  Amy is responsible for leading this national initiative to promote the highest standards of ethics and accountability in nonprofit governance, management, and operations. She serves as a frequent trainer and writer in the areas of board conduct, program evaluation, program replication, fundraising ethics, and nonprofit management. She has taught courses on nonprofit ethics and accountability at the Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies Certificate Program on Nonprofit Management.

Amy has held positions at the Trenton lobbying firm of the Princeton Public Affairs Group, and the Public Policy Liaison Unit at the world headquarters of Catholic Relief Services. Amy received her Master of Arts in Policy Studies degree from the Johns Hopkins University – Institute for Policy Studies in Baltimore, Maryland; and her Bachelor’s degree from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia. Amy is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Amy was appointed by the US Department of the Treasury to serve on the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT), and served one term as the co-chair of the ACT’s Exempt Organizations subcommittee.

Amy is a former member of the Disaster Action Team of the Central Maryland Chapter. She has also served as the former President of Central Maryland CAN TOO and was a member of the Board of Trustees of the largest United Methodist Church in Baltimore City. She served as the Finance Chair of her church. Amy serves as Vice President of her Church Council and as a religious education teacher. She is an active volunteer with the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland and Boy Scout Troop 497.