In 2013, Amber was hired to lead the City of Lansing’s Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE), and to oversee Michigan’s first Financial Empowerment Center. In its first five years, the Lansing Financial Empowerment Center delivered FREE one-on-one financial counseling to over 4,100 clients, who reduced their cumulative debt by more than $7.8 million and increased their cumulative savings by over $650,000. In 2016 and 2017, Amber was the elected co-chair of the Cities for Financial Empowerment Coalition, which brings together pioneering municipal governments from across the country that have begun to use their power and positions to advance innovative financial empowerment initiatives.
The City of Lansing OFE now offers four programs: the Financial Empowerment Center, Lansing SAVE (a children’s savings account for post-secondary education), Offender Success (a State of Michigan-funded, wrap-around services program for returning citizens) and Bank On (safe, affordable banking products and services for the unbanked and under-banked). The OFE is part of the City’s Department of Neighborhoods & Citizen Engagement.