Amber Giauque Callender

Director of Strategic and Business Planning

Amber Giauque Callender has 20 years of professional engagement with Denver’s elected officials, businesses, community organizations, public institutions, philanthropists, volunteers and residents. A fourth-generation Coloradan, she was raised and educated in Denver with a deep commitment to promoting the strength of every member of our communities. Amber is a skilled facilitator and strategist who has built a unique toolkit from a substantial background in government and nonprofit policies and vision. Amber has worked with diverse communities in the Denver metro area for the span of her career, partnering through family and community engagement in Denver Public Schools, with nonprofits across Denver, and through her leadership of the 2010 Complete Count Committee of the U.S. Census. She’s lived and studied with her family in Guadalajara, Mexico, and has also spent extensive time studying and serving in Puerto Rico. Amber has a passion for health equity work and has used this lens in a variety of projects.

As JVA’s director of strategic and business planning, Amber leads JVA’s strategic planning, business planning and facilitation work.

JVA Experience

Amber joined JVA’s staff recently but has worked as a partner and consultant with the team for years. Her previous experience includes executive positions for the City of Denver, including time as the executive director of Denver’s Road Home, and as the director of neighborhood relations and deputy director of legislative affairs for then-Mayor John Hickenlooper. She has participated in countless government and nonprofit strategic planning efforts and now enjoys facilitating groups in this important work. Amber is able to navigate community, organizational and government perspectives, and takes pride in crafting environments and agendas that support a variety of voices and movement toward shared vision.


Amber has a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She also spent time as a non-degree student in the International Service M.A. Program, Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, with an emphasis in nonprofit management, service learning, collaboration and strategic planning.

Community Involvement

Amber serves on a variety of nonprofit boards and takes great pride in using her skills to help organizations advance their goals. Among her current and recent roles:

  • Board member, Arthive
  • Board member, Re:Vision
  • Board member, Slow Food Denver
  • Steering committee member, Denver Shared Spaces
  • Board member, The Civic Canopy
  • Mayoral appointment, Denver Women’s Commission
  • Leadership Denver (Class of 2010)
  • Subcommittee chair, Complete Count Census 2010
  • Leadership council member, National Alliance to End Homelessness
  • Gubernatorial appointment, State Interagency Council on Homelessness
  • Co-chair, mayoral appointment, Denver Drug Strategy Commission
  • Volunteer, Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning in Denver
  • Volunteer, Vida y Familia (shelter in Guadalajara, Mexico, for pregnant women)

Fun Fact

Amber’s home is affectionately dubbed “The Goodwill Museum” because of her commitment to simplicity, and her eye for beauty in things that may just need a little touch of love.


Look for Amber to be leading both standard and customized training sessions on topics such as board development, strategy development, fundraising, social enterprise, customer service and budgeting.