Senior Comprehensive Planner
Amber joined SRPEDD in 2022 as a Senior Planner. Her diverse background includes urban planning, environmental policy, public health, and climate change and adaptation, which fueled her passion for reinventing how human-centered urban planning can improve day to day life in communities affected by cumulative impacts. Her skills in GIS and data analysis, grant writing, and public relations are supportive planning tools that Amber uses to advocate for inclusive urban and environmental public policies. She understands – and validates – how past structural injustices of urban environmental policy and planning have negative generational impacts, both physiological and socioeconomic, on people and communities; therefore, in order to build equitable neighborhoods and resilient, prosperous societies, comprehensive urban planning is paramount. Amber works alongside planners, fellow policymakers, and the public to build resilient, smarter, equitable, and just communities where individuals and groups thrive in mind, body, and spirit for generations to come.
Before joining SRPEDD, Amber has worked in multiple public service positions at the federal, state, and local levels, including nursing (LPN), an intern for the City of Medford in the Planning, Development, and Sustainability Department, a Legal Technician at the EPA Office of Regional Counsel in Chicago, IL, and an active FEMA reservist in External Affairs. She currently holds a BA in Public Policy Affairs from DePaul University in Chicago, IL, and is a candidate for a master’s degree (Summer 2022) in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University in Medford, MA.