Amber Potts is the Director of Research and Policy Coordination at the Assembly of First Nations (AFN). She has worked for more than 20 years with the federal government in Alberta and Ottawa and has extensive experience in policy, program development, and community engagement. During her time with the federal government she worked with Human Resources and Skills Development Canada on Labour Market programs, Western Economic Diversification Canada, and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) on the Urban Aboriginal Strategy, Strategic Policy, and Emergency Management. She has received two Deputy Minister awards for Excellence and sat on the Deputy Minister Committee on Policy Innovation as a Reverse Mentor for the Deputy of INAC.
Amber earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Calgary and a Master of Public Administration from Dalhousie University. She is also a graduate of the Canada School of the Public Service Executive Development program, Direxcion, and has numerous professional certificates including: management, facilitation, mediation, and program management. She is currently studying Change Management at Cornell.
Raised in Piikani Nation in southern Alberta, Amber is proud to have been raised ranching and rodeoing. She now lives in unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin territory with her husband and children.