Amber is an advocate and mentor at heart. Known for her passion for health and education, her mix of strategic and operational experience makes her the ideal consultant to help solve challenges of any size.
She began her career working in Illinois state government agencies and the State Senate, including serving as the primary analyst of the K-12 education budget in the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget under former Governor Pat Quinn. She left Illinois in 2011 to teach elementary school in Memphis at Ross Elementary, where she has since resided.
From teaching, she played various roles at Teach For America Memphis, including leading their operations for their teacher training program and all of the Memphis region’s corporate and foundation fundraising. Most recently, she served in Shelby County Mayor’s Office of Education leading youth programs, including the expansion of vocational tech opportunities.
Today, Amber serves as the Senior Director of Whole Child Comprehensive Planning with the Tennessee Department of Education. Her role adds strategic insights to the whole child priority, including mental health, family resource centers, citizenship and civics, and other non-academic supports for students. Locally, she serves on the advisory boards of First 8 and The Higher Learning Project, which are both education and youth-focused nonprofits.
In health, Amber leads in patient-centered obesity care and is an emeritus member of the National Board of Directors for the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) after serving nine years on the national board, including two years as its Chairwoman. With over 72,000 members, the OAC provides education, advocacy, and support for individuals affected by obesity.
She frequently lobbies in Washington D.C. for access to care and travels the world collaborating with other patient organizations to combat weight bias and improve access to care. She is a founding director of the Global Obesity Patient Alliance (GOPA) where she represents the United States and is a 2018 recipient of Medtronic’s Bakken Invitation. The Bakken award is given to individuals who’ve used their “extra life” to advocate.
Amber earned an MPA from the University of Illinois Springfield and is a graduate of Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. Amber enjoys politics, traveling, cooking, and spending time with her husband Matt, a researcher at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and their daughter Parker.