Staff Spotlight: Amber Jamieson

Amber Jamieson’s title is Communications and Development Director, but she is really the swiss army knife of EPIC, with a multipronged role as a conservation advocate, and development and communications director. She advocates for communities, wildlife and wild places by reviewing projects, commenting on environmental documents, conducting site visits to assess project areas, and developing outreach and communication strategies to bring justice to the wild.

“Amber is the glue that holds EPIC together and a delight to have as a co-worker and friend,” said Tom Wheeler, Executive Director at EPIC. 

Amber also has a background in non-profit administration, event planning, community organizing, and outreach and has years of experience monitoring public forestlands using mapping technology to successfully stop illegal logging projects, which has protected endangered species, water quality and salmon habitat.

Amber groundtruthing a proposed logging project in Klamath National Forest. This tree, which abuts a watercourse, was marked with blue paint, which indicates it is to be logged. Photo by Nathaniel Pennington.

“It is important that the public understands how to protect the environment by participating in the democratic planning process. It is my job to raise awareness of environmental concerns we are faced with and encourage people to take action,” said Amber.

Through previous work with public agencies and private planning firms, she has worked on and applied many environmental, economic and community planning policies throughout the region.  Her love for the environment has evolved into a lifelong commitment to defend wild places facing the threats of modern development. In addition to monitoring public lands and developing comments on projects, Amber also manages donor relations, fundraising events, grant writing, communications, graphic design, newsletter production and community organizing to further the organization’s causes.


The trees with black paint were saved from logging due to Amber’s (and her son, Madrone’s) groundtruthing efforts which revealed they were within a watercourse and were not allowed to be logged. The blue paint is used to mark trees to be logged and the forest service had to go back out and paint over the blue with black paint to protect the trees. Photos by Nathaniel Pennington.