Trustee, Area 2 – City of Alameda and parts of Oakland, including the southern portion of West Oakland, all of Jack London Square and Chinatown, part of Fruitvale, the Oakland hills south of Redwood Rd., and East Oakland south of Seminary Avenue and 66th Avenue
Board Vice President
Elected 2016. Term expires June 2020.
Chair, Facilities Committee
Vice Chair, Policy and Legislation Committee
AMBER CHILDRESS believes wholeheartedly in the saying “it takes a village” and has dedicated the majority of her life to improving the lives of children and their families through access to quality education, support systems and career pathways. Amber currently works as a manager at a college scholarship nonprofit in the Bay Area. One of the greatest roles that she has taken on is that of being a parent. Her son has been educated and raised in both Oakland and Alameda. She has also mentored high school and college students since 2014. She currently works with college students from Ignite, a national nonprofit focused on building political ambitions for girls and young women.
Amber has served on numerous nonprofit boards focused on creating positive support systems for young people and families throughout the Bay Area. She has served as a committee member at Girls Inc. of Alameda County, the Young Professionals Chair for Wardrobe for Opportunity, an advisory committee member for Overcomers with Hope, and the Marketing Director for the East Bay Women’s Network, to name a few. Others have acknowledged Amber’s commitment to the communities around her with the 2016 Powerful Women of the Bay Innovator Award and the 2017 Bay Area Jefferson Award. Amber currently serves in the following additional leadership roles throughout the state: Vice President of the CA County Boards of Education, Vice President for Black Elected Officials of the Bay Area, JPA Board of Directors for the Chabot Space and Science Center, Board of Directors for Children Rising, and a member of the Advisory Committee for Next Move. Amber is an Oakland native, an Emerge CA alum and a lifelong volunteer. As a marketing professional, Amber believes that one of the ways to best support others, especially when it comes to the pursuit of an education, is to provide equitable access to valuable information for all.
Area 2 - City of Alameda and parts of Oakland, including the southern portion of West Oakland, all of Jack London Square, Downtown, and Chinatown, part of Fruitvale, the Oakland hills south of Redwood Rd., and East Oakland south of Seminary Avenue and 66th Avenue