Amber McDowell, Partner

  • Resident Blue Engine grammar police
  • Die-hard Duke fan since the days of Laettner, Hill and Hurley
  • Never underestimate a woman with a southern accent, y’all.

Amber McDowell is a veteran strategist with more than 15 years of experience designing and managing winning communications campaigns for political leaders, corporations and non-profit organizations. An accomplished writer, editor and journalist, Amber understands the importance of crafting the right messages for the right audiences, and utilizes that experience to develop and implement strategies that help clients achieve their reputational, business and advocacy goals.

As a member of Blue Engine’s strategic management team, Amber oversees client portfolios covering a wide range of issues, including health care, women’s rights, food safety, energy and technology. Amber recently managed the creation, launch and advocacy efforts of Even the Score, a national coalition of more than two-dozen influential women’s organizations that successfully pushed for FDA approval of the first-ever medical treatment option for women’s most common sexual dysfunction. The New York Times said that “the controversial campaign … helped tip the balance for flibanserin, which has been rejected twice by the FDA.”

Prior to joining Blue Engine, Amber served as Communications Director for U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana. In that role, she developed comprehensive communications strategies for state and national audiences on a range of issues – including aggressive policies to increase domestic U.S. energy production, fund long-term coastal restoration, improve the nation’s disaster preparedness and response, and aid small business development. In 2012, Amber led the communications effort for the successful passage of the RESTORE Act, historic legislation that directs Clean Water Act fines from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill back to the Gulf Coast – the largest single investment in environmental restoration in U.S. history.

Amber also previously served as Speechwriter and Press Secretary for U.S. Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico. She served in similar roles for Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen, both as Speechwriter in his official office, and as Press Secretary for his successful 2006 re-election campaign. Amber also brings in-depth experience in managing non-profit advocacy campaigns through her work as Director of State Communications for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

A Tennessee native, Amber began her career as a political reporter for the Associated Press in Nashville. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and her Master’s Degree in Political Management from The George Washington University.