Role Model

Amy Boyle Collins

Vice President, Gambel Communications

Annually since 1986, YLC has selected a class of outstanding New Orleanians who serve as Role Models by actively contributing to the betterment of the Greater New Orleans region. These individuals are an inspiration to YLC’s young professional members and to the community at large.

Amy Boyle Collins is a seasoned communications professional with deep roots in the region working on marketing, public relations and fundraising initiatives as Vice President of Gambel Communications. From 2006 to 2012, Amy served as executive director of the Young Leadership Council (YLC). A highlight of her time there was developing the Wednesday at the Square concert series into an annual rite of spring, raising more than $500,000 annually and attracting 6,000+ people each week.

Amy has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Loyola University New Orleans and a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Mass Communications. She has served as an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University New Orleans and Tulane University School of Continuing Studies.


Born and raised in New Orleans, Amy currently serves as president of the board for Women’s Professional Council and the Tres Doux Foundation. She has previously served with the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute (NORLI), Arts Council of New Orleans, Lafitte Greenway, New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA), Committee for a Better New Orleans, Super Bowl Host Committee (2002 and 2013), Dress for Success, Association of Fundraising Professionals, International Association of Business Communicators, Ad Club of New Orleans, Young Leadership Council (before joining the staff) and the Catholic Youth Ministry Office of the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

Through their journey with their son, Liam, who is autistic, Amy and her husband Sherwood recognized the need for additional funding for programs to serve children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In 2016, they founded Beignet Fest and the Tres Doux Foundation. From the festival proceeds, Amy and her husband donated more than $25,000 to four area nonprofits working to expand ASD programming for children.

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