Amber Forbes

Amber Forbes joined the IAF in September 2018 as a Senior Advisor to President and CEO Paloma Adams-Allen. Amber represents the IAF at interagency meetings, promotes inter-office collaboration, conducts program analysis and promotes policy innovations, and implements agency-wide strategies that advance the foundation’s mission, including the IAF’s 50th anniversary campaign. Prior to the IAF, Amber worked at the U.S. State Department in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, first as a Public Affairs Specialist in the Office of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs and later as a Social Development Officer in the  Office of Economic Policy and Summit Coordination. In this latter role, she managed more than $3.5 million in presidential initiatives promoting women’s social protection and entrepreneurship throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. She was also a member of the negotiating team for the VII Summit of the Americas and led an interagency working group on social development comprised of 13 agencies. During her tenure at the State Department, Amber completed a six-month rotation as a Program Officer at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, where she managed the $277 million El Salvador Investment Compact. Amber holds a master’s in Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, where she focused on international development. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, where she double majored in political science and Latin American and Caribbean Studies.