Amber Sims is a founding member of The Imagining Freedom Institute, (The IF Institute), and the CEO of Young Leaders Strong City, the longest running racial equity platform in Dallas-Fort Worth. In her work Amber works to educate, equip and activate a community of youth to realize their vision for racial equity. For several years, Amber has worked as a thought leader and partner for organizations seeking to build their capacity for internal and external equity and social justice.
Amber’s writings, lectures, and trainings focus on utilizing historical analysis and equity frameworks as methods of change toward reimagining a more inclusive future. Most recently, Amber has published a series chronicling the history of Black schools in Dallas in collaboration with the national nonprofit journalism entity, Press On and local newspaper, Dallas Free Press titled Dallas Forgot. The work intersects community storytelling, equitable housing and education policy and historical preservation. Amber is an alumni of the Op Ed Project, and a 2019-2020 Aspen Institute Dallas Economic Opportunity Fellow Institute and Leadership ISD. In another lifetime, she worked in sports for the NCAA and the Texas Rangers.