Amber Rieke is a project lead for the policy team. She is leading work to implement A Path Forward, a set of recommendations focused on transforming the public behavioral health system for children, youth and their families in the District of Columbia. Before joining Children’s Law Center in 2022, Amber directed research and advocacy projects at DC Health Matters Collaborative and DC Appleseed Center for Law and Justice related to behavioral health, end-of-life issues, HIV and lead poisoning, as well as education and housing. Before arriving in Washington D.C. in 2010, Amber worked with elementary students in Oakland and at an HIV clinic in San Francisco.
The George Washington University, Master of Public Health
Pacific Lutheran University, Bachelor of Arts, History & Religion
Professor, George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health
Ambassador, DC Diaper Bank
A Path Forward for DC’s Public Behavioral Health System
Our newest report, A Path Forward: Transforming the Public Behavioral Health System for Children, Youth, and their Families in the District of Columbia, is a blueprint for creating a successful public behavioral health system — one that supports children and families and, in doing so, strengthens our entire community.