Hello, I'm Amber.

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I'm an energetic nonprofit professional with more than a decade of nonprofit management experience. I'm passionate about philanthropy, youth activism, 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 philanthropy.

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I'm a proud graduate of the University of Texas at Austin (hook 'em) and a former 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. Currently I'm directing development and communications 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 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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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

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