Amber Lane Celmer

Amber graduated from California State University, Chico (CSUC) where she received her BA in Sociology with an emphasis on Women’s Studies.  Immediately after college, she began a career in the Building Industry as a Marketing Coordinator and later advanced to a New Home Sales Representative. Her exposure to all facets of the industry, from Land Acquisition to Land Development, Design, and even Lending, is what ultimately led to the pursuit of her last position before joining Child Advocates, as the Director of Strategy and Business Development for the leading Valuation company in the Nation.

Amber has personal experience with the CA foster care system. This led to her involvement with the California Youth Connection and other youth advocacy organizations over the last 20 years, where she served on Advisory Board Committees, Strategic Planning Committees, and Legislative Committees.  As a foster child, the child welfare policies that ruled my life and those of other foster children, had been developed without us. I knew it was too late to make change that would directly impact my life, but I felt moved to help change the outcomes for generations of foster youth who would walk that path after me. Formerly a Case Supervisor for Child Advocates, Amber now oversees Development, Marketing, and Philanthropy for our program.

I was incredibly happy in my previous career and loved the people I worked with, but after having a child of my own, I became more aware that over half of my days were spent in the workplace. I needed to be doing something more fulfilling. After 20+ years advocating for policy change and lobbying, my experience within the foster care system led me to realize that the best place for me to make the biggest impact on a child and long-lasting impact on the health of our community, was to work for my local CASA organization.

Each time I hear about the perils of the children and families in our program, it serves as another reminder that there is no cure for the abuse, neglect, or abandonment of children. Yet each time I hear about a success story from one of our volunteers, it reinstates why we are here and how important our program is to the community. An unexpected outcome for me has been the opportunity to witness the fulfillment that our program offers our volunteers. This is meaningful to me as it assures me that our volunteers are being fed and it gives me hope that there will always be helpers.

I have always favored our Volunteer and Donor Appreciation Events, but my absolute favorite CAPC Signature Event is our Fall Gala. It’s quickly become the premier event of the season in Placer County that people look forward to. The event affords our guests an excuse to dress to the nines for an elegant evening to support a mission they believe in.