Reason #8 You Should Visit
The Pioneer spirit
Member, Nominating Committee, 2020–23
Amber Alonso is a retired labor and employment lawyer who currently focuses her time and resources on causes that matter to her and her family, such as Smith College, political and social change, and education.
Amber currently serves on the AASC Nominating Committee and the Smith College Library Round Table. She was special gifts chair for her class of 1992’s 25th Reunion and has served as president of the Smith College Club of Houston, organizing a fall alumnae social for the past 12 years. She believes that facilitating connection between alumnae is an important part of energizing connection to the college. She has also served in various volunteer leadership roles at her 12-year-old daughter’s school, Presbyterian School in Houston, including volunteer council president, the capital campaign committee and the strategic planning committee.
Prior to her volunteer work she practiced law for over 11 years at a national law firm and in the legal department at Valero Energy, a Texas-based Fortune 100 energy company, where she was tapped to oversee the labor and employment law function for the company. She led this effort during the company’s growth from 3,500 to over 20,000 employees. In addition to serving in the legal department, she served as the human resources director at Valero’s Texas City oil refinery on the Gulf Coast, where she was responsible for the HR function for over 500 employees.
In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors, playing tennis and tasting red wine.