Amber Goodwin


Amber is the Founding Director of the Community Justice Reform Coalition (CJRC). CJRC is the leading national coalition working to build power for communities of color working at the nexus of gun violence prevention and criminal justice reform. She has spent the last 17 years working for advocacy, grassroots, and electoral campaigns. Prior to founding CJRC, Amber served as the National Advocacy Director for Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS), the gun violence prevention organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. At ARS, she helped found the Women's Coalition for Common Sense, a multi-sector group of national women leaders who joined forces to reduce gun violence, founded National Gun Violence Prevention Race, Equity and Inclusion Task Force. 

Under Ambers leadership, CJRC has filled a critical role in advocating for solutions and leadership roles for marginalized communities of color. CJRC believes that data and evidence-based solutions led by those most impacted by gun violence and the criminal justice system will result in transformational change. CJRC focuses on alleviating gun violence in communities of color by educating stakeholders on ways to advocate for solutions that will reduce gun violence, without targeting or further harming communities of color.

Previously, Amber was the National Deputy Director for Government Affairs at Enroll America, the nations leading health care organization that enrolled over 20 million consumers into the Affordable Care Act. Amber has held political positions and appointments at the Wendy Davis for Governor Campaign, SEIU Justice for Janitors Campaign, Obama for America, the Texas State Legislature, Grassroots Solutions consulting firm, and During her time at, Amber founded and built a groundbreaking youth-led civic engagement public speaking training program, and was the lead author for for the release of the 2013 report “Millennials Civic Health Index” in partnership with the Harvard Institute on Politics, National Council on Citizenship, and CIRCLE. She started her career working on legislative affairs for Congressman Robert Menendez and Congressman Donald Payne. 

Amber has been featured in multiple news outlets, including Cosmopolitan Magazine, The New York Times, Forbes Magazine, Newsweek,  and The Trace. She was named to Essence Magazine's 2018 "Woke 100" women, The Root 100 Most Influential African American's List, and the 2016 Women's "Power50" list for Walkers Legacy. She is a Next Gen Fellow with the University of Texas Strauss School for International Security and Law, and was awarded the Google PDF Fellowship award. Amber has traveled as a delegate to both Taiwan and Vietnam on behalf of the United States for bi-cultural exchanges.

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