A Day in the Life of… Amber Wiley, Senior Legislative Advocate, ACHD/ALPHA Fund

Amber JLS 2014 pictureHow long have you been an employee of ACHD/ALPHA Fund? 
Almost 9 years; I joined ACHD/ALPHA Fund in January 2006.

 What is your role at ACHD/ALPHA Fund? 
I am the Senior Legislative Advocate.  I lead the Advocacy Team, lobby for Healthcare Districts and ALPHA Fund Participants in the Capitol, manage the ACHD website, and have a variety of other responsibilities.  As a small association, every member of the team contributes wherever they’re needed.

 How did you first get involved in your career? 
Since my freshman year of college I knew I wanted to work in the legislative arena.  I graduated from Sacramento State University with a degree in government and immediately started working as an intern for an Assemblymember.  When my Assemblymember was termed out, I began working for ACHD.  And here I am now, almost 9 years later, still doing exactly what I set out to do.

 What is the best part of your job? 
Working in the legislative process is a completely different world, and I absolutely love it. I have a passion for the work I do, and am honored to represent the Healthcare Districts and the great work they do in their communities.  One of the best aspects of my job is that I’m always learning something new.  Every year I learn new issues, face new challenges, meet new people, visit different Districts/Members and work with new partners.  It’s always evolving and there’s rarely a dull moment.

 What is the most challenging aspect of your job? 
The uphill battle is the hardest aspect of the job.  As a small association, it’s very difficult to fight large interests who often have large amounts of money.  It’s not always about policy, but politics.  And that is sometimes hard to overcome.

 What is your favorite hobby outside of work?
As a board member for the Junior League of Sacramento, I spend a large amount of time volunteering in our community.  Our current focus is access to healthy food, through community gardens and nutrition education.  There’s a huge need for nutrition access and education in Sacramento and we’re doing a small part to fill the gap.

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