Amy Fitzgerald’s passion is to empower students to find the success that lies within each of them. In 2005, Amy offered her first test preparatory class to 8th grade students preparing for the Catholic High School Entrance Exam on the South Side of Chicago. The class grew solely by word of mouth and now attracts students as far north as the Winnetka and as far south as Whiting, IN. As Amy’s students grew up, she began to offer ACT prep classes and eventually added services to include college application consulting, assisting high school students in navigating the college application process.
Prior to founding Fitzgerald Prep, Amy’s career focused on international economic development and government relations. As Vice President of Business Development for South East England Development Agency (SEEDA), she was tasked with attracting and assisting North American companies in establishing a presence in Southeast England. Amy oversaw the agency’s largest territory within the United States, which included 26 states and covered all of the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions. Amy’s industry specializations included information communication technologies, homeland security, aerospace and defense, energy and environment, and life sciences, all of which required her to be well-versed in multiple disciplines.
Prior to her work with British regional development agencies, Amy worked in Washington, DC in public affairs and government relations for O’Neill & Associates / Fleishman-Hillard focusing on International Trade. Amy also has experience in the defense industry having worked as a defense contractor with SAIC. Amy has worked for elected officials in the US Congress and in the British Parliament.
Amy is a graduate of the Catholic University of America. She earned a MBA from the University of Notre Dame. In addition, Amy holds certifications in Sustainability Measurement and Reporting from Deloitte Center for Sustainability Performance and in Global Strategy from University of Illinois.
Amy, her husband and college sweetheart, Tom Ruggieri, along with their children reside on the South Side. Amy is active in the community having served as Chair of the SICP Women’s Society, a group dedicated to bringing together alumnae, current and past parents and friends who have a desire to support the school. Amy and Tom also serve their parish as Baptismal Preparation Facilitators.