Amber Canto BS’07

Amber Canto BS'07

Amber Canto BS’07

As a poverty and food security specialist, Amber Canto supports county educators and state-level partners dedicated to improving access to healthy food for Wisconsinites with limited incomes. Her CALS degree is in dietetics. She also holds a master’s in public health from the University of North Carolina and is finishing her Ph.D. in the UW–Madison Department of Population Health. Before joining UW–Extension, Canto worked as a nutrition consultant with UNICEF in the Dominican Republic, where she coordinated infant and young child feeding interventions on the Dominican–Haitian border. She was introduced to the Dominican Republic as CALS student. “One of my most memorable experiences was a summer study abroad there,” she says. “I met my future husband and solidified my desire to address nutritional disparities and apply a local-global framework to my career.”