Amber Taxiera, Operations & Finance Coordinator, grew up in Davis, CA and fell in love with the Sierra through snowboarding, rock climbing, and white water rafting. Amber considers herself an “Eco-Adventurist” and believes that adventure outings are a way for people to connect with nature and gain a better understanding of natural systems.
Amber studied Environmental Studies and City Planning at Sonoma State University. During college she volunteered as a naturalist on a nature preserve, worked with the Regional Water Board writing permits and reviewing countless Environmental Impact Reports and led trips through SSU’s Outdoor Pursuits Program.
Her adventurist spirit led her to travel throughout Asia in discovery of new rocks to climb and rapids to raft. She eventually settled in Southern China working as an Outdoor Educator where she focused on improving operational safety on multi-day outdoor programs for youth in China and throughout Australasia. After a few years abroad, Amber returned to her home state to work with a non-profit that specializes in wilderness outings for people with disabilities and disadvantaged youth groups.
Amber came to The Sierra Fund through the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership program in April 2013, providing key capacity to our Environmental Health Outreach Program through in-person contact with clinic staff, outreach at public events, and logistical support and publicity for TSF events. In 2014 Amber was hired as the Outreach and Events Manager where she led TSF’s outreach efforts, as well as organized our biennial Reclaiming the Sierra conference, and other annual and special events. Recently, Amber has moved into the world of operations and finance, where she manages our donor database, websites and coordinates our Donor Advised Funds.
When Amber is not learning about geology (climbing rocks) and hydrology (rafting), she enjoys gardening, acrobat yoga and playing cribbage.