Development Specialist, Center for Professional and Leadership Development, USAID
Amber M. Whittington possesses a decade of public service experience working in the areas of international elections, governance, Africa policy, national security, and Congressional affairs. In 2015, Amber joined USAID’s Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance as the Fund Manager of the USAID Elections Fund, a $35 million foreign assistance fund to support democracy programming. Driven by a personal mission to bolster career access for diverse talent, in 2019, Amber pivoted to a role in the USAID Bureau for Human Capital and Talent Management. Her portfolio includes CliftonStrengths coaching, training instruction, and management of mentoring programs. Amber is a noted speaker and highly recognized Agency moderator, and she has delivered ceremonial remarks in the U.S. Senate, the Department of State, and was invited by the USAID Administrator to moderate the 2019 USAID Town Hall. Prior to joining USAID, Amber was a senior staff member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and served in the offices of Senator Claire McCaskill and Congressman Russ Carnahan. Amber obtained her Master's from Washington University in St. Louis. She is a 2019 Fellow of the Aspen Institute’s International Career Advancement Program (ICAP), and she was recognized as a 2020 Black American National Security Next Generation Leader.