Amber Tafoya – Director of External Affairs for Colorado
Amber Tafoya helps develop and execute AT&T’s government affairs and community relations strategies supporting AT&T’s business operations and technology infrastructure investments in Colorado. She is an expert in the interplay between creating complex regulatory law and its practical application with 12 years of legislative, regulatory and litigation experience. Ms. Tafoya was instrumental in the passage of the 5 bill Colorado telecommunications reform package in 2014. She works closely with AT&T teams including Construction and Engineering, Retail, Network and others to create a seamless "One AT&T” approach to working with state and local government on regulatory, tax, wireless siting and permitting, and land use issues. She proudly works for AT&T because of the company’s values, mission, and community engagement through ASPIRE high school graduation and college readiness program.
Prior to joining AT&T, Amber’s career focused on government and non-profit service. She came to AT&T from the Solicitor’s Office for the U.S. Department of Labor. From 2009 to 2012, she ran her own practice focused on immigration law and public policy advising. Upon graduating from law school, she led non-profit policy and legal programs to improve outcomes for victims of domestic violence and expand civil rights. Most notably, Ms. Tafoya spearheaded the legislation for the creation of the Address Confidentiality Program and the implementation of financial protections in restraining orders while Policy Director at the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Ms. Tafoya, a Pueblo native and first-generation college graduate, earned magna cum laude honors with her bachelor of arts from Colorado State University–Pueblo and her juris doctor from the University of Colorado School of Law. She is an active member of the Colorado Bar Association Communications and Technology Section and a member of the Colorado Bar Association COBALT class of 2012. She is also active as a member of the Silicon Flatirons Advisory Board, the Adams County Youth Initiative Advisory Board and the Metro State One World, One Water Advisory Board.