Amber is dedicated to advancing social justice, education and community development through allied engagement. She is a skilled researcher on public policy issues ranging from P-20 education, social-emotional development and mental health, and health and human services, to workforce development, economic self-sufficiency and other social policies. She has a diverse background working in public policy and nonprofit settings, with a focus on building community collaborations and coalitions.
Her community development and project management expertise has led to a series of accomplishments, most recently with the creation of Early Childhood Social Emotional and Mental Health Navigation Guide, a virtual community assessment tool designed to support collaborative decision-making in local community settings. She recently completed a project as a TA provider for Colorado's LAUNCH Together Initiative, an initiative focused on improving social-emotional well being during the early childhood years. She was able to use her expertise to support the needs assessment and strategic planning process of seven communities who were awarded Phase 1 planning grants.
Gene Rose, the founder of At Last Communications, is an award-winning advocacy campaign strategist, video producer, speechwriter and journalist. He is a skilled facilitator with a specialty in getting groups to reach consensus and setting achievable and accountable goals. Prior to creating his firm, he served as director of communications for the National Conference of State Legislatures. There he launched the organization’s entry into social media, provided media relations training to legislators and staff across the country. He wrote communication plans and earned media in The New York Times, NPR, USA Today, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and other national, regional and state media.
His colleagues across the country elected him president of the National Association of Government Communicators. As communications director for the Missouri House of Representatives, Gene advised Speakers of the House on media strategies, coordinated media tours of the state and worked closely with the Capitol press corps.
Andrea is a nonprofit consultant in Denver, Colorado. She combines more than 15 years of public policy, legal, and writing experience to provide legal consulting, technical and topical writing services to nonprofit and public sector organizations. Prior to creating her consulting firm, Andrea spent five years in private practice representing clients throughout the Denver metro area on a variety of child custody and domestic relations matters. She served as program director to the State-Tribal Institute at the National Conference of State Legislatures. In addition, she has a variety of experience working in the nonprofit sector including work with a Denver-area nonprofit where she provided legal assistance to domestic violence survivors. She holds a JD and MA (International Relations/Public Policy) from the University of Denver and a BA (Political Science and Women's Studies) from the University of New Mexico.