Beth Holger-Ambrose graduated from Hamline University in 1998 with a bachelor of arts degree in political science and anthropology. She received a master of nonprofit management degree in 2004. Holger-Ambrose began her social justice work through MPIRG (Minnesota Public Interest Research Group), volunteering at Simpson Shelter and internships through Native American Repatriation at the Science Museum and for Paul Wellstone (both through Hamline).
Upon graduation, she worked as a street outreach worker and case manager for runaway, homeless and sexually exploited youth for Avenues and The Bridge in Minneapolis. Then she went to work for the state of Minnesota as their Homeless Youth Services Coordinator which oversaw policy and legislation, program development, administration of funding and coordination of services for homeless youth as well as the Safe Harbor-No Wrong Door Response. She is currently the Executive Director of a nonprofit called The Link which provides services and housing for homeless youth and young families, juvenile justice programs and shelter, housing and services for sexually exploited youth.
Holger-Ambrose is a Bush Leadership Fellow and a former recipient of the Virginia McKnight-Binger Award in Human Services. She has also published research in the Journals of Adolescent Medicine (2011) and Child Sexual Abuse (2013). Holger-Ambrose lives in south Minneapolis with her wife and one-year old son. She also still enjoys running, as she did in her college days for Hamline’s cross country and track teams under Shawn Johnson Hipp. Read more.