IYT Bay Area Appoints Long-time Community Leader and Education Advocate as Director of Development

image of Amber Childress, IYT's New Director of Development for the Bay Area
Amber Childress, IYT's New Director of Development for the Bay Area

Vallejo, Ca. (July 7th, 2022) — Improve Your Tomorrow (IYT) announced today that it has hired Amber Childress as the organization’s Director of Development for the Bay Area region. Amber will help bring vital resources and support to the 600 young men of color that will represent the first cohort of IYT members in the Bay Area. As a former elected member of the Alameda County Board of Education and a 2017 Jefferson Award recipient, Amber brings a wealth of knowledge to IYT.

“Ambers experience, passion, and dedication to her community will deepen our impact in the lives of our members and their families,” said Michael Lynch, CEO of Improve Your Tomorrow.

Amber has worked in a variety of capacities to bring resources, equitable access to education and quality workforce development to under-resourced communities throughout the Bay Area and the State. Her past roles have included serving as the Vice President of Children's Network in Oakland, former Board Member of the Chabot Space and Science Center, and was a recipient of the Powerful Women of the Bay Innovator award.

Amber will help lead IYT’s Power of Us campaign, which is mobilizes leaders in the corporate and philanthropy sectors around our mission of closing the college-opportunity gap. Drawing from her long standing ties to the community and deep commitment to educational access, Amber will help garner over $600,000 in support to fuel the college-bound dreams of members across the Bay Area.

“I am excited to join an organization that, for almost a decade, has been creating a brighter and better today and tomorrow for young men of color and their families.” Amber stated. “We embrace the brilliance and the potential of these young men while also tackling the obstacles that may stand in their way. I have always been attracted to nonprofits that don’t simply apply band aids to the problem, they go to the source of the problem to make fundamental shifts and create sustainable changes. That’s exactly what I have found in IYT. It is an honor to bring my skills and background as a fundraiser, marketer, and policy maker to such a phenomenal organization, and help continue to close the college opportunity gap for young men of color.” Amber added.

Amber is based in the Bay Area focusing on Solano, West Contra Costa, Contra Costa and Humboldt County.

Have Questions for Amber? Contact: developmentteam@improveyourtomorrow.org