14th Class, 2007-2008
Field Placement: Community Food Bank (Tucson, AZ)
Amber built partnerships with schools, farmers, state agencies, and non-profit organizations to identify opportunities for providing fresh, regionally grown fruits and vegetables to school cafeterias. She coordinated a Farm to School Health Week for a Tucson school with community partners, media, politicians, and parents. Amber also assisted in developing grant opportunities to continue the Tucson Farm to School Program.
Hunger Free Community Report:
Exploring Farm to School: A Facilitator’s Guide to Implementation in Arizona is a tool for community members and food service directors to use as they increase the amount of local produce eaten in Arizona schools. The guide outlines opportunities, barriers, and recommendations for overcoming implementation challenges.
Policy Placement: United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service (Alexandria, VA)
Amber worked with the Office of Strategic Initiatives, Partnerships, and Outreach (OSIPO) to evaluate existing FNS partnerships and identify new collaboration opportunities, especially with organizations serving seniors and Latino communities. She also created methods to monitor and evaluate future partnerships.
Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience:
An Iowa native, Amber was a Harry S. Truman Scholar and a 2006 graduate of Iowa State University where she studied public service and administration in agriculture. Amber represented Oxfam America at the G8 Summit in Scotland and at the 2005 United Nations Youth Assembly, served as a keynote speaker on the North American Take Action Tour, and spoke to 24,000 students about international poverty and youth leadership. She has also volunteered in rural Kenya and conducted research in Uganda about youth farmers.