Senior Associate, Policy and Advocacy, Chiefs for Change
Amber is a committed advocate for equity across all intersections of identity. As the senior policy and advocacy associate at Chiefs for Change, Amber performs research and policy analysis to amplify the most promising practices from district and state superintendents across the country. In this role, Amber regularly advises on initiatives and campaigns that create new pathways of opportunity for students, including leading a national campaign to increase the number of high school students who complete the federal application for student aid (FAFSA.) Amber began her career in the Mississippi Delta with Teach for America, where she was named Mississippi Star Teacher and District Teacher of the Year. Amber spent eight years teaching and leading professional development in Mississippi, New York City, and the District of Columbia before transitioning to policy. Her time in the classroom inspired her to apply to the Fulbright program. As a Fulbright scholar, Amber conducted research and analyzed trends on LGBTQIA+ inclusive curriculum in the Netherlands, culminating in a capstone presentation for the Dutch Ministry of Education and United States Secretary of Education. In addition to her work at Chiefs for Change, Amber continues to connect with educators as an instructional coach for science teachers and as the co-chair of Prism DMV, a Teach for America alumni group for LGBTQIA+ teachers. Amber also serves as the head coach of the Washington Wolves women’s ice hockey team and captains the region’s semi-professional women’s ice hockey team. In 2015, Amber earned a spot on the Metropolitan Riveters in the inaugural season of the National Women’s Hockey League— the first women’s professional hockey league in North America. Amber is a native of Northern California and holds a bachelor’s in psychology and sociology from Cornell University; a master’s in sociology and education policy from Teachers College, Columbia University; and a certificate in education finance from the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University.