Outreach Coordinator, Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage
Amber Jones is a proud “girl from the South Side of Chicago,” as former First Lady Michelle Obama says, and has lived in the Twin Cities for the past nine years. She is currently the Outreach Coordinator for the Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage, an agency of the State of Minnesota. In her role, she builds partnerships across the state with constituents and community leaders of African descent to ensure they can fully and effectively participate in and equitably benefit from the political, social, and economic resources, policies and procedures of the State of Minnesota. Amber possesses over ten years of community organizing, policy advocacy, youth development, and leadership experience. She previously worked for the Minnesota Historical Society, AchieveMpls, Neighborhoods Organizing for Change, and the University of Minnesota. She has done everything from leading community engagement initiatives in large institutions to build better relationships with African American communities to organizing several policy and advocacy campaigns for systemic change at multiple levels of government. She is committed to increasing access and participation among communities of color in spaces of power, to cultivating the next generation of leaders, and to promoting unity and self-determination among people of African descent. Amber is a summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in African American & African Studies and a minor in Political Science. She is also a Ronald E. McNair Scholar and 2015 Josie R. Johnson Leadership Academy alumnae. Amber is a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated and has held several leadership positions on the local, state, and regional levels. She most recently served as President of the Sigma Beta Zeta graduate chapter.