Birmingham City Board of Education, District 4
Name: Amber Marie Courtney
Political experience: First political race
Professional experience: Administrative assistant to the mayor, special projects coordinator for the city, 2013-present; adjunct English professor, Jefferson State Community College, 2016-present; housing counselor, 2012-2013; first year enrichment administrator, Miles College, 2011-2012; interpreter, park guide, Department of the Interior, 2008-2010.
Civic experience: Has supported land bank legislation, lobbied to crack down on pay day lenders, supported blight removal and community development, assisted with application for an EPA grant to clean up pollution in North Birmingham community.
Education: Doctoral candidate of education, UAB, 2012-present, degree expected in May; master’s in literary studies, UAB, 2012; bachelor’s in English, Tuskegee University, 2010.
Top contributors: $500 Max Michael III, M. Boehm, P. Barnes.
Main issues: Fiscal responsibility, closing the achievement gap, funding scrutiny and diligence, and better academic outcomes for students to prepare them to earn a livable wage either through skills or higher education. “We cannot be bigger than our constituents and I would like to show students and parents alike how they, too, can achieve a doctorate in education with all odds stacked against them … with the right infrastructure and educators as well as leadership in place to guide them.”