Travels from: Sacramento, California
Expertise: Food literacy, cooking education for kids, training for food literacy, food waste, food systems, farm to school, startup nonprofit, nonprofit management, nonprofit fundraising, nonprofit marketing and branding.
Amber Stott grew up cooking and growing her own food, a joy she wants every child to experience.
In 2011, Amber responded to the rising childhood obesity crisis by starting the nonprofit Food Literacy Center to inspire children to eat their veggies. She serves as its CEO & Chief Food Genius. The nonprofit teaches cooking and nutrition classes to low-income elementary kids, helping them develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime.
With two decades of nonprofit management experience, Amber has raised $6.5 million for local charities and is the vision behind Food Literacy Center’s dramatic growth in its short history: expanding from 1 school to 16 in only six years, and poised to develop a cooking school on the community’s low-income Leataata Floyd Elementary School campus—a project slated to open in a few years.
Amber designed the agency’s curriculum and Food Literacy Academy training for community members to become Food Genius instructors. She worked with the California legislature to pass a resolution declaring September “Food Literacy Month” in the state. In 2018, the nonprofit was named California Nonprofit of the Year.
Amber is a food writer and public speaker. She's been named “Food Revolution Hero” by Jamie Oliver Food Foundation and a TEDx Sacramento Changemaker Fellow.
She holds a Master’s degree in African Studies and Women’s Studies and speaks Danish and some Zulu. Amber is a regular writer for Edible Sacramento, Comstock's magazine and Inside Publications.
"Food Revolution Hero". - Jamie Oliver Food Foundation