Amber Smith began her career in public service in 2001 as a part-time employee at the New Hanover County Senior Resource Center. In 2003, Amber became fulltime as the retired and senior volunteer program (RSVP) coordinator and later as social worker for the Life Enrichment Program. In 2012, Amber transferred to the New Hanover County Department of Social Services as an adult protective services social worker, where she assisted disabled adults who were in need of protective service from alleged abuse, neglect, and/or exploitation. After transferring back to the Senior Resource Center in 2014, she served as the social work supervisor. In 2015, she was promoted to director.
Before becoming director, Amber developed and implemented the special-needs registry for New Hanover County and collaborated with the American Red Cross, New Hanover County Emergency Management, WECT-TV, and the National Weather Service to educate citizens on disaster preparedness. Her passion is to lead a group of dedicated workers and to continue her public service career to better the lives of older adults and caregivers by promoting wellness, independence, and enhancing quality of life services.
Amber is a 2001 graduate of the University of North Carolina Wilmington and holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree. Outside the senior resource center, Amber enjoys quality time with her husband, 3 children and dog.