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Amy Komorowski

Business Development and Communications Manager

Work experience

Jan 2016Present

Adjunct Instructor

California State University Northridge
  • Instructor for the Master of Science in Tourism, Hospitality, and Recreation Management
    • Cultural Aspects and Global Perspectives in Tourism
    • Tourism Policy and Planning: A Cultural and International Perspective. 
    • Courses designed using theories from research in adult education and experiential learning
Aug 2015Present

Substitute Teacher

Multiple Schools in Chula Vista, CA
  • Substitute teacher for grades K-12 for Sweetwater Union High School District, St. John's Episcopal School, and Leonardo da Vinci Charter School
May 2014April 2016

Business Development and Communications Manager

Via International

Via International is a nonprofit organization serving others by promoting self-reliance and improving well-being through community-defined initiatives and international service learning.

  • Implemented programming for service learning that impacts populations within the border region of the Unites States and Mexico, and Guatemala
  • Developed a framework to measure the developmental impact of Via's service learning and microcredit programs
  • Administered research and education for grassroots entrepreneurs within barrios in Tijuana including those most affected by violence
  • Conducted strategic interviews and survey assessments to foster development of a comprehensive business plan
  • Developed and maintained a marketing strategy including hard materials, internet based marketing, and social media
Aug 2013May 2015

Research and Teaching Assistant

Virginia Tech, Pamplin College of Business, Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Instructor of Socio-cultural Impacts of Tourism Development
  • Served as the social media and marketing advisor for the Hospitality and Tourism Department. Example: and 
  • Completed teaching assistantships for Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism, Special Events Management, and Business Finance
  • Created a microcredit framework, to be implemented in several international locations, that includes developing policies, procedures, and systems for the program and its deliverables 
  • Worked as a research assistant in social capital and its role in community development in the form of leadership development within small business ventures, social entrepreneurship, micro-credit financing, and fair trade

Aug 2012May 2013


Roosevelt University/College of DuPage
  • Worked with both Roosevelt University and the College of DuPage on new course development and approval
  • Instructor for Advanced Marketing
  • Instructor for Applications and Techniques of Meeting and Event Planning
  • Developed Tourism Policy and Planning course
Jan 2012Sep 2012

Temporary Visa for Hospitality Work Abroad

Gallito de Las Rocas

Gallito de las Rocas, E.I. R. L., Pillcopata, Manu, Peru Expediciones Gallito de las Rocas, E.I. R. L. is a locally owned and operated tourism operator for Manu National Park focusing on economic, environmental, and socio-cultural sustainability. 

  • Worked between the native communities, foreign companies, and tourists as a liaison to minimize negative impacts faced by the community due to tourism development including economic leakage and cultural eradication
  • Provided educational workshops for the native communities of Santa Rosa de Huacaria, Queros, and Shintuya about tourism development as an alternative to the exploitation of timber and mineral mining
  • Researched and wrote a tour guide for the area focusing on research for sustainable development and conservation
  • Constructed and maintained all social networking sites including Facebook, Blogspot, HostelBookers, Hostelworld, and Expedia
Apr 2011Aug 2011

Temporary Visa for Hospitality Work Abroad

Arica Surf House Hostel and Cafe
  • During professional surfing tournaments, administered VIP services to the professional athletes, their photographers, and their families 
  • Created a new marketing strategy, directed at local businesses, by developing relationships with the local community
  • Oversaw 4 staff members working in the café and hostel
Oct 2008Jan 2011

Meetings Specialist

Appraisal Institute
  • Responsible for overseeing each event assigned from conception to post event wrap up
  • Developed individual registration web sites in English and Spanish and maintained the database of attendees
  • Performed contract negotiations for all aspects of an event
  • Conducted site inspections for future meeting destinations
Apr 2006Oct 2008

Meetings Coordinator

Association Management Center
  • Directed an event team of between 7 and 15 people while managing and adhering to a strict budget
  • Demonstrated the ability to balance and manage time effectively among twenty-two clients
  • Hired and directed temporary staff
  • Maintained strong relationships with industry representatives through daily interaction with hotel national sales representatives, destination management companies, and convention and visitor’s bureau staff
  • Served on a green committee council

Publications & Awards

Komorowski, A. (2015). Book Review. Volunteer tourism: popular humanitarianism in neoliberal times. Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change.

McGehee, N., Knollenberg, W., Komorowski, A. (2015). The role of leadership in rural tourism development: a theoretical framework and case studies. Journal of Sustainable Tourism.

McGehee, N., Knollenberg, W., Komorowski, A. (2015). Social Capital and Leadership in Rural Tourism Development. Book Chapter.

McGehee, N. & Komorowski, A. (August, 2014). Volunteer Tourism: What to expect in the field. Wild Travel Magazine, 8. P. 105.

2013-2014 ASTA Healy Scholarship, Tourism Cares

Wicks, B., Do, K., Hsieh, P. C., Komorowski, A., Martin, K., Qiu, X., ... & Yu, G. (2004). Direct marketing of crafts and souvenirs to Vladmir Visitors. Vladimir tourism development project. University of illinois at Urbana-champaign college of applied life studies, department of recreation, sport and tourism.


Aug 2001Aug 2005

Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences

University of Illinois at Champaign

College of Applied Life Studies: Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism

Study Abroad: University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Jan 2009May 2011

Master of Science

Roosevelt University

Manfred Steinfeld School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

Area of focus: Sustainable Tourism Development

Executive Certificate in Leadership

Aug 2013May 2015

Master of Science

Virginia Polytechnic University

Pamplin College of Business, Hospitality and Tourism Management Department

Areas of focus: Microcredit financing, international development, volunteer tourism, socio-culutral sustainability, rural development