Hello, I'm Amber.

I'm an energetic nonprofit professional with more than a decade of nonprofit management experience. I'm passionate about philanthropy, activism and public service, travel, photography, and history. You'll almost always find me with a cup of coffee nearby, and I love chatting about politics, volunteer management, travel, and fundraising. I currently live, work, and brunch in Austin, Texas after spending time in Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia. 

I love learning.

I'm a proud graduate of the University of Texas at Austin (hook 'em) and a current graduate student in Georgetown University's Public Relations and Corporate Communications program. I'm a 2018 Opportunity Finance Fellow, a 2016 Bank of America Neighborhood Builder Emerging Leader, and 2007 fellow of Georgetown University's Engalitcheff Institute of Comparative Political and Economic Systems.  In the recent past I participated in the Clinton Global Initiative University, and received an Excellence Award from the American Red Cross and a Rising Star award from the Association of Enterprise Opportunity. 

I love Philanthropy.

Currently I'm directing development, communications, and programs for a statewide nonprofit, PeopleFund, and in the most recent past I created the Texas Stars Foundation, the charity for a professional hockey team. For more than five years, I managed volunteer and youth services for the American Red Cross.  Over the course of my career, I've collaborated or served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations including: the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry, Let's Overcome Vision Impairment, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the Movember Foundation, and Heroes Night Out.  I love working with charities and meeting new people also sharing their skills in the public sector.

I love Austin.

I've lived in rural towns and big cities, but Austin has stolen my heart. I love the wonderful mix of hippies, liberals, health-nuts, countryfolk, and kind strangers who call Central Texas home. From outstanding culture to the best damn food you'll ever eat, Austin is amazing y'all. 

I love getting out of Austin.

Sometimes you can't beat the heat. I enjoy traveling and I've been fortunate enough to visit several countries and experience new cultures. I'm a hobbyist photographer and enjoy capturing moments, landscapes, and the world around me. So far I've been to Japan, England, France, Spain, Germany, Argentina, and the Netherlands and I'm ready to pack my bag for more!

I love blogging.

Learning the ropes of the nonprofit world can be tough, so by sharing my experiences, I hope other millennials in public service can stay excited about mission-based work. I love living in the Live Music Capital of the World, and sharing the fun I'm having in the heart of Texas. Let's face it, most of us aren't Austin born-and-raised, and most of the great staples I've discovered in this down came to me via blogs, and I hope you find a new adventure (or at least a delicious taco stand and a fun volunteer opportunity) here.

Connect with me.

I'm always accessible for questions and thoughts so connect with me via social media or the form below. 

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