Amber Waldref was born and raised in Northeast Spokane and lives in the Logan neighborhood with her husband and two daughters. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and earned her M.A. in Environment and Community from Antioch University, Seattle. Ms. Waldref has deep experience in community engagement and collaboration. After working in policy and development for several non-profit organizations, including The Lands Council, she was twice elected to the Spokane City Council. In this role, she was a leader in expanding public transit, overseeing city investments to prevent pollution from entering the Spokane River, and developing local and state policies to address the impacts of housing foreclosures. As Director of The Zone Project, she is committed to building resident leadership & changing systems to achieve measurable, positive education, economic and health outcomes for families in Northeast Spokane. In her “free” time, she serves on the Spokane Housing Authority Board and on the Washington State Governor’s 2020 Census Committee. She also owns her own consulting business, providing administrative and strategic planning support to non-profits, including Urbanova, the “Smart Cities” collaboration based in Spokane’s University District.