Amber is one of two Gerhardt Interns at 1000 Friends of Oregon for Summer 2019. She recently graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.S. in Planning, Public Policy, and Management, including a minor in Environmental Studies.
At 1000 Friends, Amber is examining the impacts of non-farm uses and activities on exclusive farm use lands in Oregon. Her project involves researching allowed activities, interviewing farmers and ranchers, and developing policy recommendations.
Amber is a fourth-generation Oregonian, born and raised in Portland. As Governor Tom McCall famously said, "Oregon is an inspiration." This has certainly held true for Amber, as the state’s commitment to sustainability and its land use program, as well as Portland’s myriad of transportation options, inspired her to go into the field of planning. While earning her degree, Amber explored a variety of planning and policy areas, including sustainable transportation, natural resource policy, and hazard mitigation planning. Last summer, Amber had the opportunity to intern for the U.S. Department of Transportation Volpe Center, where she worked on projects related to livability and congestion reduction on public lands. This experience helped solidify Amber’s goals to serve her community through progressive, innovative planning and resource protection policies.
Standing on top of Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City, a beach she spent many long weekends at as a child, is Amber’s favorite place in Oregon. Her favorite place outside of Oregon is Arches National Park in Moab, Utah.
When away from the office, Amber enjoys photography, hiking, and planning her next trip to a national park. After completing her internship with 1000 Friends, Amber hopes to pursue a career as a planner and earn a master’s degree in urban planning.