Amber Sheikh is the chief impact officer and owner at Sheikh/Impact (formerly Thurlow/Associates), where she and her incredible team work to raise the capacity of organizations solving the toughest issues facing California communities, focusing on fundraising, external relations, and organizational development. Amber’s specific areas of expertise include capital campaigns, individual fundraising, constituent/donor relations, strategic planning and executive/board development.
Before forming Sheikh/Impact, Amber was the Managing Senior Associate at Thurlow/Associates, where she provided strategic counsel and assistance to nonprofit clients working in health, human services, social justice, and other fields. Prior to her nine year tenure at Thurlow/Associates, Amber managed individual donor portfolios, foundation and government relations for Marymount California University. She also served on the fund development teams of two prominent homeless service agencies — Downtown Women’s Center and Children Today.
Earlier in her career, Amber worked in Sacramento with the California State Assembly. Her international experience includes work with a United Nations women’s microfinance Non-Government Organization in Delhi, India, and with Women’s Edge Coalition.
Amber is also very active in her community. Amber was appointed to the Harbor Area Planning Commission by Mayor Eric Garcetti, as well as serving on the Mayor’s Harbor-area Homelessness Organizing Committee. She also helped form and continues to coordinate the Council District 15 Working Group on Homelessness. Amber serves as a board member of Social Venture Partners LA and the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. And, she sits on the advisory council of Maternal Mental Health Now and the Assistance League of San Pedro South Bay.
In 2019 Amber was chosen as LA City Council District 15’s Woman of the Year for her work on homelessness and gender equity. She is also the 2019 recipient of the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce Leadership Award for her work championing solutions to end homelessness in South Los Angeles. In 2021, Amber was selected as an LA Impact Maker to Watch.
Amber is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of California, Davis, with minors in women’s studies and Middle East/South Asia studies.