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Amber completed a degree in Business Management with a concentration in Accounting at the University of Michigan – Flint in 1996, and realized soon after that her true calling was in using her accounting and finance knowledge to help others. To that end, she worked for several years managing the Junior Achievement office in Genesee County, bringing basic financial education to over 300 K-12 classrooms per year. Amber also spent several years in the fund development field at Kettering University, formerly GMI, in order to develop the skill of sustaining beneficial programs in addition to managing them.
Amber was then called to lead the Asset Independence Coalition, overseeing free income tax preparation sites as well as the Bank On Mid-Michigan program and the Financial Freedom Network, a resource calendar of Financial Education opportunities in Greater Lansing.
In early 2013, Amber was hired to oversee Michigan’s first Financial Empowerment Center, as Director of the City of Lansing’s Office of Financial Empowerment. In its first three years, the Lansing Financial Empowerment Center delivered FREE one-on-one financial counseling to 2,616 clients, who reduced their cumulative debt by nearly $4.8 million and increased their cumulative savings by over $328,000. In 2016, Amber was elected co-chair of the Cities for Financial Empowerment Coalition, which brings together pioneering municipal governments from across the country that have begun to use their power and positions to advance innovative financial empowerment initiatives.