In her role as Director of Education and Service Enterprise, Amber Coté has the privilege of working with organizers, strategists, frontline fighters, changemakers, advocates, and countless quiet underdogs and outspoken influencers throughout the social change sector. Her work focuses on bringing together trainers, educators, peers, subject matter experts, staff, and volunteers to deepen awareness and learning with and from one another as they seek ways to save and change lives.
Amber's twenty-five-year career has been focused on community-based systems solutions through early childhood education, youth development, asset building, racial justice, arts organizing, and leadership development; advocating for abused and neglected children and survivors of domestic violence; leading efforts to provide creative self-expression and job training opportunities for young adults through careers in the arts; organizing a volunteer workforce to feed neighbors in need in Southern Colorado, and now leading talent development for nonprofit staff and volunteers across Colorado. Group facilitation, community development, capacity building, grantmaking, volunteer engagement, and strategic planning are core competencies her career has been fine-tuned in.
She served on the following board and committees: Women & Girls of Color Fund Advisory Council; Rocky Mountain Women's Film Board, Urban Peak Colorado Springs Board; Colorado Springs Fine Art Center Board, Center for Nonprofit Excellence Board, Pikes Peak Arts Council Board, Community Prep School Board, Colorado Springs Indy Give! Campaign Advisory Board, KRCC Advisory Council, Modbo Co School of Art Board and El Pomar Foundation, Emerging Leaders Development - Asian Advisory Council Co-Chair.
Born and raised in Colorado, Amber was an only-child brought up by a magnificent single mom and now the proud mom of an only child. She has the rare privilege of living in her hometown where four generations of her family reside, along with a host of chosen-family. She has been a life-long activist and strong proponent of consensus-building through unlikely partnerships to build up communities across the Front Range. She sees her current position as an opportunity to make a powerful and unique contribution to improve the overall quality of life in her home-state.