Amber has danced through life. Literally.
Amber took her first dance class at age three—she was the most committed “leaf in the wind” at the Takoma Park, MD dance studio—and moved to New York City after college to pursue her Broadway dreams. Within months, she booked her first role in a play, Diss Diss and Diss Dat, and joined Actors’ Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA.
Today, Amber has Broadway, off-Broadway, television, and film credits. She was an original company member of Broadway’s Legally Blonde: The Musical and performed on MTV, NBC’s The TODAY Show, ABC’s The View, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the original cast album, and its first national tour.
Beyond Broadway, Amber’s credits include Wes Craven’s My Soul to Take, Netflix’s The Politician, HBO’s Show Me a Hero, NBC’s The Mysteries of Laura, Investigation Discovery’s Momsters, Working Out the Kinks, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, They’re Playing Our Song, Nothing Like a Dame, The Seven, Damn Yankees, ABK for Life, and Dreamgirls. She also performed during the ceremonies of the centennial Olympic Games, with Soweto Street Beat and the African Cultural Dance Company of Atlanta, and at Carnegie Hall with The New York Pops.
Amber translates complex ideas into accessible and appealing communications.
Amber leverages storytelling to develop reputation-building communications strategies and has extensive experience in content development, creative direction, and media relations. She has a knack for crafting annual reports, helming website overhauls, and producing short films for fundraisers.
Today, she is executive director of strategic communications for the Data Science Institute at Columbia University (check out that website overhaul!). She previously served as a director of communications in the State University of New York system, public relations specialist for Rutgers University, beauty and accessories editor of UPTOWN, and content producer for syndicated advice columnist Harriette Cole.
Amber grew up entering essay contests (for fun!) and graduated from Howard University with a B.A. in journalism summa cum laude with a 4.0 cumulative GPA (#nerdlife). Her undergraduate studies were augmented by experiences as Lionel C. Chapman Fellow for ABC News Nightline and Patricia Roberts Harris Public Affairs Fellow in the office of Congressman John Lewis.
She completed her M.A. in communication at the University of Pennsylvania and enhanced her global perspective through studies at l’Association Sénégalaise pour le Bien-être Familial, l’Université des Antilles et de la Guyane, and Lingnan University.
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Amber shares her experiences and fosters a supportive and motivating environment.
Whether she’s hosting an event, delivering a keynote address, or facilitating a storytelling, leadership development, etiquette, performing arts, or fitness workshop, Amber‘s presence will assure that the audience and participants feel respected and inspired. She has stepped to the mic for:
Amber deploys her skills to positively impact her community.
She is an active member of Actors’ Equity Association (Paul Robeson Award Committee, National Equal Employment Opportunity Committee, Entry to Equity), SAG-AFTRA, MasterVoices (Advisory Council), The James Brister Society, and The Links, Inc. (Metro-Manhattan Chapter). She has performed and fundraised for The Actors Fund and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (Broadway Bares, Carols for a Cure). She has also served her local communities through the New York Junior League, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, the National Council of Negro Women, Whitman-Walker Health, and AID Atlanta (Red Ribbon Leadership Council).