Director of Network Initiatives, Mobilize.org
Amber Goodwin started her professional career by working on Capitol Hill for Congressman Donald Payne and Congressman Robert Menendez as a Legislative Staff Aide before working for Grassroots Solutions consulting firm as a Campaign Camp Manager. In her time as Campaign Camp Manager, she helped to train thousands of local, state and national issue organizers, activists, and campaign workers on how to become more involved in their communities and win political campaigns on issues. She was the Lead Community and Political Organizer for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) historic contract campaign for Justice for Janitors in Houston, TX which won a first time union contract for over 5,300 low-wage janitors, and also served as National Convention Director for the Young Democrats of America. In 2008, Amber was a Regional Field Organizer in her home state of Texas for the Obama For America Presidential Campaign. Amber has also worked as a Policy Advisor in legislative sessions for Texas House Representative Paula Pierson and State Senator Rodney Ellis, and worked as the State Political Director for Organizing For America in Texas. Amber also worked as a Policy Advisor for the Texas Organizing Project, a non-profit that works to empower low-income Texans through engaging people at the neighborhood level, and community organizing around local issues. In 2010, Amber was chosen as a delegate to attend a bi-cultural exchange in Vietnam with the American Council of Young Political Leaders. In this role, she gained direct knowledge of complex global political systems and access to decision-makers at every level of government while still learning the diverse social and political factors that affect international affairs. In 2011, Amber was also chosen as a Next Generation Texas Fellow at the University of Texas Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law where she studied and spoke on issues concerning global security, economics and the environment. Amber was appointed to the Democratic Nation Committee’s Youth Coordinating Council in 2007 and served as the National Co-Chair until the fall of 2011. She is also served from 2008 until February of 2012 as the Treasurer of the Texas Democratic Party. Amber is a native of Midland, TX and former All-American Academic Student Athlete at Florida State University, where she graduated in 2002 and was captain of the women’s swimming and diving team for 2 years. Amber also holds a Masters of Social Policy from St. Edwards University.