|Amber Shipley graduated from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington in 2000 with a degree in politics. She spent the next four years working with nonprofit organizations in Seattle and New York including: Women's Funding Alliance, Washington Community Alliance for Self-Help (CASH), SMARTgirls, Girls Incorporated, and SeattleWomen.org, an organization she founded. Amber also managed the re-election campaign for a State Representative in Washington State and participated in a nine month program for future Democratic leaders. These experiences helped develop her interest in women and politics, which she pursued as a Master's degree student in the Women's and Gender Studies program. Amber also received a Master's in Public Policy with a concentration in Women and Public Policy and worked with Center on Women and Public Policy at the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota.