Portraits of Philanthropists: Amy Rao
Both my wife and I grew up in humble circumstances, and feel extraordinarily lucky to be in a position as middle-aged adults to give back to our community and to try to leave the world a little bit better than we found it. A few years ago we established The Scott Foundation, a 501(c)3 private family foundation whose mission is to empower local Bay Area children to achieve their personal best. This year we established Behind the Tech, a non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage people from all backgrounds and walks of life to participate in the technology creation process that is shaping the future of society. As we've become more involved in the world of philanthropy, we've met some amazing folks, whose commitment to making the world a better place is both inspiring and humbling.
One of those folks is Amy Rao. Amy is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who we first met through her work with Human Rights Watch where she is Vice Chair of their International Board of Directors, member of the executive committee for the Silicon Valley Human Rights Watch Committee, and is chair of both the San Francisco and Silicon Valley annual fund-raising dinners. In addition to her day job as Founder and CEO of Integrated Archive Solutions, Amy spends countless hours and mind-boggling amounts of her energy championing a variety of different human rights and social justice causes. We are honored to now count her amongst our friends, and I personally feel privileged to have had the opportunity to photograph her.