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Thu May 28, 2020, 03:21 AM

FLIPPABLE: Amber Hewitt for MA-HD-1st Essex

Amber was born at Anna Jacques, raised and educated in Newburyport and Amesbury, and earned her degrees in Political Science and Earth Systems from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She moved to Washington, DC to begin her career with the National Wildlife Federation, where she has been working as a clean energy advocate for the past seven years.

Amberís professional career has been defined by two fierce passions: environmental protection and civic engagement. Forever altered by seeing An Inconvenient Truth at fifteen years old and engaged by Barack Obamaís presidential campaigns Ė Amber set out to learn the intricacies of environmental policy, and how to play a role in strengthening ours.

Early in her time at the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), Amber found herself drawn to the organizationís Campaign for Offshore Wind Power. Having grown up in Massachusetts, she recalled a debate over the resource that had been playing out for much of her life, and was shocked to learn that, while offshore wind power accounted for a booming global clean energy industry with thousands of turbines spinning worldwide, not a single one stood in U.S. waters. She moved back to Newburyport to devote more of her time to changing the region's energy story and seizing this untapped potential.

Work with decision-makers in Massachusetts has been a consistent thread throughout Amberís career, while offshore wind power advocacy has put her to work in State Houses all along the Atlantic Coast. Over the years, she has sharpened her skills as an advocate: collaborative perseverance toward a shared goal. She played an integral role in passing the Commonwealthís Act to Promote Energy Diversity in 2016, carrying the nationís largest offshore wind power commitment to date, and has since advocated successfully for offshore wind policies in Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey. Following the billís passage in Massachusetts, Amber has stayed closely involved in its implementation, and in strengthening its provisions to keep up with the growth of the industry and the scale of our energy challenges.

Since returning to live in Newburyport, Amberís love for the communities that have been home to her family for four generations has only grown deeper. For years, she has dreamed of one day representing this district, and doing her part to help ensure that we are represented on Beacon Hill with visionary, proactive, and principled leadership. She is equipped with the skills needed to effectively serve as State Representative and is guided by an unwavering commitment to doing our part in helping rise to the most pressing challenges of our time.


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