Amber Palmer-Halma

FACTS ABOUT AMBER

  • B.A., American Studies, Whitworth University, 1998
  • M.A., Communications, The Johns Hopkins University - Krieger School of Advanced Academic Programs, 2011
  • Manager of Corporate Communications, Chemonics International

WHITWORTH WAS THE FIRST PLACE PEOPLE REALLY ENCOURAGED ME TO BE WHO I WAS

Amber Palmer-Halma

When Amber began looking for a place to earn her college degree, she followed some unusual advice from her Father: she looked to Southwest Airlines.

“I was in Amarillo, Texas, and I wanted to get away,” she says. “My dad told me to please go somewhere on the Southwest Airlines flight map, so I looked at the map for the farthest locations and one was Spokane.”

She contacted the Chamber of Commerce in Spokane to ask for a list of local colleges and universities, and was intrigued by the possibilities at Whitworth—as her studies showed. She majored in American Studies, but also took courses in history, politics, theology and literature. “I couldn’t make a decision, so this was a good way to get a little bit of everything I was interested in,” Palmer says. Even better, she found Whitworth an ideal fit for her explorations. “Whitworth was the first place people really encouraged me to be who I was,” she says.

Since graduating from Whitworth, Amber has taught English overseas, worked with the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, earned a MA in Communications from The Johns Hopkins University - Krieger School of Advanced Academic Programs, and managed communications for several organizations, most recently Chemonics International in Washington, D.C. Evidently, that innate interest in new experiences continues to thrive.

“I love communication. It’s another thing you can do so you don’t have to decide one way,” Palmer says.