16th Class, 2009-2010
Field Placement: Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon (Portland, OR)
Amber worked with members of the Oregon Hunger Relief Task Force to develop a statewide strategic plan for ending hunger in Oregon. She supported relationship building efforts with new organizations, particularly those in communities of color, and gathered input from a wide range of voices. She led the planning of a summit of leaders and stakeholders from all over the state to share their ideas and participate actively in the process of setting policy and programming priorities for upcoming anti-hunger work in Oregon.
Hunger Free Community Report:
Strength in Numbers documents the lack of sources for data analyzing food insecurity rates among Oregonians of color in a historical, demographic and policy-oriented context, while highlighting opportunities for new data collection efforts.
Policy Placement: Families USA (Washington, DC)
Amber worked with the health policy team to develop policy briefs, papers, and fact sheets for state and local advocates on how the new health care legislation will impact low-income consumers. She studied and wrote about the impact of health reform on coverage for young adults and low-income children, health insurance scams, and online applications for Medicaid and CHIP.
Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience:
A native of Virginia, Amber graduated from The College of William and Mary in 2009 with a degree in history and public policy. She was a Sharpe Community Scholar, resident advisor, assistant in the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and president of her sorority. Amber has served as an ESL tutor and youth mentor, participated in community development projects in Kenya, and served as a 2008 Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow.