Amber Johnson Binkley
Amber Johnson Binkley has advised dozens of foundations, corporations, and nonprofits on evaluation and strategy, particularly in the areas of health, education, the environment, and community development. Amber has also authored or contributed to several of FSG’s publications.Full bio
Role at FSG
Recently, Amber led the development of an evaluation system for a multi-year initiative to create a local, sustainable food economy in the Chicago region. She also led the evaluation of the Knight Foundation’s Community Information Project, an initiative to promote local journalism and information sharing in an age of declining private investment for local news. Other recent projects include a retrospective evaluation of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s twenty-year investment in substance use prevention and treatment, and a study of promising community-based asset-building strategies for the Paul G. Allen Foundation. She also contributed to Do More Than Give, FSG’s best-selling book about catalytic philanthropy.
Amber’s previous experience includes nonprofit work in global health and development, most notably at Ashoka and La Clinica del Pueblo. Amber has completed health care fieldwork in Kerala, India and Beijing, China and has published research on biotechnology and business ethics. She is also the author of two Let’s Go travel guides.
- Stanford University, BA in Human Biology with a concentration in International Women’s Health and Policy; Spanish minor through a semester in Sevilla, Spain
- Harvard School of Public Health, MS with emphases on health communications and management; field study in Beijing, China and Kerala, India
- American Public Health Association
On working at FSG
“I figured out that I wanted to work in philanthropy after being on the other side of the grantmaking process, as both a fundraiser and grantwriter. I know first-hand that funders have an incredible influence on the shape of work on the ground, and I’m passionate about helping them get it right. The variety of work at FSG means I’m constantly learning and on my toes. Right now, I’m helping to promote collaboration among a group of NGOs working on sustainable seafood. I’m also helping a ‘spend down’ education foundation think about how to transition its literacy programs. This time last year, I was developing a strategy to expand access to green, affordable housing, and also researching private sector health care opportunities in Africa.”