As Senior Advisor and Director of Speechwriting for Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell, Amber Macdonald shaped and directed communications for one of President Obama’s most influential cabinet members.
Amber joined the Department of Health and Human Services as a speechwriter for Secretary Kathleen Sebelius shortly after the failed launch of the Health Insurance Marketplace website. Over the next few months, she helped develop and implement the crisis communications team’s response.
In her years at HHS, Amber wrote speeches and guided communications around the Affordable Care Act, health care system reform, medical innovation, early education, and national and global health crises including the opioid epidemic, Ebola, and Zika.
Before joining the Administration, Amber served as Communications Director and Speechwriter for Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA). In addition to penning hearing testimonies, commencement addresses, speeches, and op-eds, she designed digital strategies, created issue campaign websites, and drove national and Seattle press coverage.
Previously, Amber worked in Los Angeles politics, reproductive health advocacy, and the film and television industry. An experienced performer in Los Angeles’ improv community, she trained with Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and has been featured in comedy festivals like UCB’s Del Close Marathon.
A native Hoosier, Amber holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Theatre from Hanover College. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and daughters.