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2011 Distinguished Alumni Service Winner

Amber Fowler ’98, MPA ’00


From Nike to the Trail Blazers, Amber Fowler made her mark in corporate marketing. But it’s her work helping low-income women in Spokane, Wash., reinvent their lives that established her in the world of nonprofit entrepreneurism.

While at PSU, Fowler worked as the fund administrator for Spirit Mountain’s Community Fund. Fowler cites one of her greatest achievements at Spirit Mountain as the creation of the Hatfield Fellowship, which places an individual in a Washington, D.C., congressional office representing the Pacific Northwest and its recognized native tribes.

Fowler was nearly 40 when she graduated from PSU, where she took a life-changing class in nonprofit management. She decided to challenge herself to recast her own life and future, and credits professor Ron Cease for increasing her interest in public service. After careful research—and equipped with her degree and instructor Kay Sohl’s The Oregon Nonprofit Corporation Handbook—Fowler founded Dress for Success Inland Northwest in Spokane. She now works with 600 economically disadvantaged women through this international nonprofit. Her company recently was named “Rookie of the Year” by the national Dress for Success.

Fowler has also created the Amber Fowler Public Administration Scholarship for low-income and disadvantaged women in PSU’s Public Administration program.

By Su Yim