Amber  McGinnis

  • Asst. Director for Communications and Outreach

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Amber McGinnis is the Assistant Director for Communications and Outreach for the Starr Center, where she acts as the Starr Center's chief communications officer. Amber manages all communications, public relations, and digital content, including the Center's webpages and social media accounts. She also serves as the Center's administrative point person for the George Washington Prize and manages Starr’s fellowship programs. Amber is also responsible for all aspects of the Starr Center's Explore American Summer Internship program, which places Washington College students for paid internships at prestigious cultural institutions across the country.

Previous to her position with the Starr Center, Amber spent 12 years at Chesapeake College as an assistant professor of communication and director of the honors program. During her tenure with Chesapeake, she also served as Vice-Chair of Faculty Assembly, Interim Director for the Cambridge Center, and was the 2018-2020 Stuart M. Bounds Distinguished Teaching Chair. Prior to teaching, Amber was a director of advertising for Baltimore-based Erickson Living, where she oversaw the strategic direction and creative content for more than $10 million in advertising annually.    

Amber holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Towson University in mass communications and a Master of Arts in publications design from the University of Baltimore. She is a native of the Eastern Shore, with deep roots inside Dorchester County, Maryland, reaching back to the 1600’s.