Amy Kleine of Baltimore was named the 2010 Spirited Women Rising, recognizing an up and coming, young woman, at the annual Spirited Women of Baltimore awards. As a program director at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, she oversees grants made by the foundation focused on homelessness, food security, economic assistance and access to primary healthcare. Dedicated to improving the quality of life of others in need, she has lived and worked in several countries, including Ecuador, Nicaragua, Peru, Haiti, Morocco, Ghana, Malawi, South Africa, Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines, and served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Morocco for three years as a community health volunteer.

She is involved with the Baltimore Rowing Club and has helped to organize the annual Row Day for the community. Additionally, she has volunteered at My Sister’s Place, a day shelter for homeless women and their children in Baltimore. She also is involved with the initiative in Baltimore to increase access to healthy foods by working to allow food stamps to be used at farmers’ markets.

Submitted by: Maryland Women’s Heritage Center