MEET OUR FOUNDER
“Black is Gold will always be more than just a photo shoot, it’s about creating a space for Black girls and women to be able to feel celebrated, safe, and free to be themselves, said Amber Anderson, Executive Director of Black is Gold. “I wanted to be able to grant them access to the resources they needed to thrive in college and their career,”
Meet Amber Nicole Anderson, a dynamic and visionary trailblazer who is fiercely committed to inspiring and empowering young Black women and girls. With a passion for community work and education deeply rooted in her upbringing, Amber is the Executive Director and Founder of Black is Gold, a nonprofit peer mentoring group for Black women and girls across the United States.
Renowned for her role model qualities, daring spirit, and commitment to excellence, Amber's impact has been recognized by influential leaders and peers alike. She has been featured on Chicago's NBC Channel 5 News, Fox 32 News, The Chicago Defender, Windy City Live, and Block Club Chicago for her exceptional leadership and dedication to mentorship and community service. Her efforts have also earned her prestigious awards such as the Social Justice Award from Common's foundation, Common Ground. But Amber's achievements don't stop there.
Amber is a graduate of Hampton University with a B.A. in Strategic Communications, accompanied by a minor in leadership studies. Throughout her tenure at Hampton, she served as the 65th Miss Hampton University and was a spring '21 initiate into the Gamma Iota Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., where she served as Chapter Journalist and Social Committee Co-chair. She also launched the Black is Gold University Program at her beloved home by the sea.
Additionally, she was a Hampton University Chapter and a William R. Harvey Leadership Institute fellow, and a member of SGA's Women's Caucus and HerCampus. In 2022, she was selected as an AT&T Rising Future Maker for her commitment to making an impact on and off her college campus.
As she looks towards the future, Amber plans to attend law school in her hometown of Chicago, IL, to pursue a career in education law one day. But until then, she is prioritizing launching her career as a social media manager and digital content creator, as well as continuing to run Black is Gold, leading the charge in preparing Black women and girls for future success.
Amber's story is one of resilience, dedication, and fierce determination to make a difference. She is a true inspiration and role model for young Black women and girls everywhere, blazing a trail for the next generation to follow.