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Staff Profile: Amber Trout

Amber Trout, Ph.D., Managing Associate, brings knowledge and skills on strategies to improve the built environment and decision-making on equitable social and community change. She has recognized expertise in change management and leadership development and in emphasizing awareness of context as a crucial component to advance equity in organizations. Previously, she served as the director of the Race, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiative (REDI) at NeighborWorks America, a congressionally chartered nonprofit focused on strengthening communities and its network of more than 240 organizations across the country. In her role, Amber led the development of NeighborWorks’ equity strategies, deepened organizational capacity in equity and inclusiveness, provided coaching to executive leadership and staff, and established competencies in equity and inclusiveness for staff and human resources. She organized the group’s equity teams to create a framework, an equity lens, and benchmarks for equity plans. Amber is an experienced facilitator in racial equity and organizational change to promote systemic transformation at the leadership, organization, and community levels. She led the REDI National Advisory committee of executive directors of community development and their equity teams to create action plans to advance equity and inclusiveness. She has been a community health practitioner in multiple communities, incorporating health education, community planning, place-making strategies, and community engagement and planning. She was also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Emerging Leaders in Science & Society. Amber has been a community health faculty member at Western Washington University and earned her Master of Public Health from Drexel University and PhD in the built environments from the University of Washington.

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