Founder and President, Hispanic Community Dialogue of Virginia
Beatriz Amberman has devoted more than 25 years of her professional career to serving as a cultural and civic ambassador. Beatriz founded the Hispanic Community Dialogue Organization in Hampton Roads, to inspire and promote civic participation, open communication and deliberation about important issues impacting the community. Mrs. Amberman has been a radio broadcaster in Hampton Roads for the past 19 years, including several bilingual programs for National Public Radio. She is the Financial Manager of her family’s Medical Practice in Virginia Beach. She has been trained as a Court Certified Mediator by
the Virginia Beach Social Services Department and as a moderator and facilitator by The Kettering Foundation, in Dayton, Ohio, and The Virginia National Public Policy Institute. Her appointments include two appointments by Governor Timothy Kaine: Chair Virginia Latino Advisory Board and Commonwealth of Virginia Governor’s Transition Committee in 2006. She serves as Advisor, Institute of Mexicans Abroad, Mexican Consulate, Washington, D.C. Mexican Ministry of Foreign Relations; Co-chair, Government Affairs, League of United Latin American Citizens National Commission for Immigrant Affairs; Chairperson, Dominion Virginia Power Energy Share Committee, Eastern Region; Vice Chair, Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations; Secretary, Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission; Sandler Center Performing Arts Theater Advisory Board Member; Advisory Board member, Virginian Pilot Newspaper, Tidewater Region; Mayor's Commission on Aging; Executive Board member, Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities. Virginia Beach Citizen's Review Panel, appointed by Virginia Beach City Manager, James Spore; Founding Member and Hampton Roads Co Chair, Democratic Latino Organization of Virginia; Founding Member, American Mexican Anti Discrimination Alliance; Past Vice-Chair, and member for 9 years of the VA Beach Human Rights Commission; Past Vice Chair 2003-2007, Commonwealth of Virginia Latino Advisory Commission. She was appointed Vice-Chair of the Board for 2 consecutive years by Governor Mark Warner. Beatriz Amberman has been honored with numerous recognitions, including The YWCA Woman of Distinction 2000 Award. The 2003 and 2004 Recognition for the Advancement of Human Rights, was presented to her by the Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission. The Mexican Government, through the Ministry of Foreign Relations, honored Mrs. Amberman with the highest recognition given to people of Mexican origin: The 2004 OHTLI Award and Medal given to the altruistic labor of persons of Mexican descent, who contribute to opening ‘The Way” and making the road less difficult for future generations. In 2005, the City of Virginia Beach and the Convention and Visitors Bureau presented Beatriz Amberman with the Ambassador Extraordinaire Award, for Unselfish Dedication to the City’s Economic Enhancement. On 2005, Beatriz was recognized with the 2005 L.D. Britt, M.D. award and Medal, for Untiring Service to Mankind. In 2007, The Virginia Conference for Community and Justice, an organization dedicated to eliminate prejudice and bias in all its forms presented Mrs. Amberman with the 2007 Humanitarian Award and Medal recognition.