Amber Mercier is the Vice President for Strategy, New Business Initiatives & Analytics. She first joined IES Abroad in 2003 as an advisor for study abroad students. By 2005, she transitioned to the role College Relations Manager, responsible for developing relationships with IES Abroad’s sending institutions.
In 2010, Amber joined the President’s Office as the organization’s first Chief of Staff, supporting the President and the Board of Directors in managing strategic issues. In this role, Amber designed and launched the Internship Programming (now IES Internships) division of IES Abroad. In 2015, she coordinated the affiliation and eventual merger between SAF and IES Abroad. In the years since, she has managed the incorporation of student recruitment efforts in China, Japan, and Korea into IES Abroad, and has overseen the launch of programming for international students at IES Abroad Centers.
Amber holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and International Relations from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a Master of Public Policy (MPP) from the University of Chicago.