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Amber Johnson Binkley

  Associate Director


Amber Johnson Binkley has advised dozens of foundations and contributed to the development of the firm’s publications.

Role at FSG

Amber has extensive experience working with health and healthcare clients, and has also advised several private foundations and corporate foundations on their K-12 education and environmental strategies. She also recently contributed to FSG’s first book, focused on the practices of catalytic philanthropy. Amber has also assisted several foundations with their work to build the capacity and financial sustainability of grantees.

Before FSG

Amber’s previous experience includes nonprofit work in global health and development, most notably at Ashoka and La Clinica del Pueblo. Amber has completed healthcare fieldwork in Kerala, India and Beijing, China and has published research on biotechnology and business ethics. She is also the author of two Let’s Go travel guides.


  • Stanford University, BA in Human Biology with a concentration in International Women’s Health and Policy; Spanish minor through a semester in Sevilla, Spain
  • Harvard School of Public Health, MS with emphases on health communications and management; field study in Beijing, China and Kerala, India


  • American Public Health Association


  • Spanish

On Working at FSG

“I figured out that I wanted to work in philanthropy after being on the other side of the grantmaking process, as both a fundraiser and grantwriter. I know first-hand that funders have an incredible influence on the shape of work on the ground, and I’m passionate about helping them get it right. The variety of work at FSG means I’m constantly learning and on my toes. Right now, I’m helping to promote collaboration among a group of NGOs working on sustainable seafood. I’m also helping a ‘spend down’ education foundation think about how to transition its literacy programs. This time last year, I was developing a strategy to expand access to green, affordable housing, and also researching private sector healthcare opportunities in Africa.”


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