Amber Akemi Piatt, Program Associate, is committed to ensuring that communities’ policies, practices, and investments support everyone’s ability to lead full, healthy lives. Through the Convergence Partnership, she conducts research and develops materials about how philanthropy can advance health and equity. Prior to joining PolicyLink, Amber worked with the Innovations for Youth (I4Y) Center on youth participation and implicit bias, consulted with the California Endowment on their criminal justice system reform advocacy, directed the Graduate Assembly’s Women of Color Initiative, worked with young people experiencing mental illnesses through the UCLA Center for Health Services & Society, and implemented Peace Over Violence’s violence prevention curriculum with teenagers. She brings deep commitments to advancing social justice, including through her current service on the Sea Change Program advisory board and the Alameda County Human Relations Commission. She holds a Master in Public Health degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA in psychology and Spanish. You can find Amber dancing, traveling, or playing with the nearest dog in her free time.