Amber’s training and experience spans two decades of advocating for civil rights and the underserved among impoverished communities of color. Her passion and commitment was formed from years of grassroots efforts in both the community at large and city, state and federal governance and legislation.
Having work experience in all facets of the transit equity industry, from impacted communities of a transportation agency to the federal regulatory administration. This specific combination of experience has allowed Amber to make an historical impact for Transit Equity in Civil Rights.
Amber’s most recent accomplishment was for taking the lead on developing and implementing the new Title VI language that was approved and sent to transit agencies from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Her groundbreaking visionary guidelines helped shape the approach that transit agencies are using to meet federal civil rights compliance.
Not only was a very contentious area for transit civil rights defined and clarified, Amber provided a path forward for transit agencies who are willing to put forth the effort into meeting regulatory requirements.
We Untangle the Confusion Around Civil Rights and Assist in Developing Policies that Create an Equitable Transportation System
We provide services to transportation agencies throughout the United States to comply with the Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the U.S. Department Of Transportation’s (DOT) Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program (DBE) .
Amber Ontiveros & Associates has a strong legislative and political background with in-depth knowledge of how to organize in communities of color.
Need and Growth in the Transportation Industry
The transportation industry has seen a growth in federal funding by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). All recipients receiving federal funds are required to comply with civil rights regulations regardless of amount. While the amount of federal funds provided to federal-aid recipients may change over time, we do not foresee considerable growth in the number of recipients. In the short term, we do foresee a growth in the need of transit equity services with the change in Title VI regulations, an increase in DBE interest, and a Democratic controlled Executive Branch. We anticipate that the need for transit equity consultants will eventually decrease in size provided there are experienced service providers. If not, then inexperienced providers will actually increase the demand for quality and knowledgeable organizations.