Amy was born and raised in Minnesota. She graduated from Irondale High School in 2007 and spent the summer working as a camp counselor at Northern Pines Methodist Camp. After spending a year abroad in Germany, she attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology, completing a double major in electrical engineering and physics in 2012. Her summer job as a park ranger intern at Yellowstone National Park in 2012 was a life changing experience. She now studies optics at Stanford University, following in the footsteps of her parents, who are both optical engineers.

In her free time Amy enjoys hiking, backpacking, bouldering, cross country skiing, identifying flowers, reading sci-fi, and playing piano.