Alumni Series—MPP 2012, Amber Greene

Amber Greene
Oct 18 2019
By Graduate Admissions Office

We're keen to profile our alumni who are doing great work across all policy areas and in all different forms.

In this blog Amber Greene, MPP '12, who is VP of Government Practice at Ogilvy Public Relations, reflects on a few questions below. It was great to see Amber back on campus for the Thrive conference.

What does the School's community mean to you—on campus and across class years?
  • I feel incredibly privileged to be part of this community. We are a small, but mighty group of people who are all in the fight to be of service to our community and throughout the world. Each time I have an opportunity to come to campus to listen to current students, professors and fellow alums, whether through SAOC or Princeton campus-wide events like the Thrive Conference, I feel renewed.

What impact did the MPP have on your career and professional trajectory?

  • Being born and raised in such a diverse city as New York, I thought I knew everything about the world when it came to politics and policy. But, what I soon learned through my coursework and the benefit of having classmates from every part of the globe was that there was so much more happening in the world that I wasn't aware of. And, that there was so much more that I wanted to learn about. So, personally, I read more international news than domestic. While I was working in a political environment, I would devote time to learning about ideas and policies developed in other countries that could be applicable to state and local governments. In my current role, I have to keep a global pulse on world events that may influence my clients and how they are perceived so my education continues to be relevant in my work. 

What was your favorite class at the School, and why?

  • All of my classes were challenging and worthwhile. If I had to narrow it down to just one, it would be Professor Julian Zelizer's class on leadership. We learned about the people behind the well-known figure-heads like Sarge Shriver and those we know, such as Secretary of State Madeline Albright and how their ideas and policy work impacted the way government systems and agencies run even to this day.