After earning a degree in International Studies and Global Security from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Amelia Ahl sought to leverage her research, design, and project management skills towards social and humanitarian impact. Ahl worked with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Washington, D.C. to advocate for international protection for women and children fleeing violence in Central America and Mexico, supporting the production of twin reports Children on the Run (2014) and Women on the Run (2015).
Ahl's interest in progressive social business models drew her to Traditional Medicinals Foundation, where she worked at the intersection of social enterprise and community development. There she focused on implementing and overseeing a social development program in Rajasthan, India, working with rural communities to support water security, income generation, education, community self-reliance, and women’s empowerment. Ahl is now a consultant for sustainable businesses and is pursuing a dual MBA/MPA in Sustainable Solutions at Presidio Graduate School. She lives in Oakland, CA.