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Secretary to the Director 

Amber N. Bolden | Secretary to the Director

Amber N. Bolden was named secretary to the director for the Illinois Department of Corrections in 2011. Prior to her most recent position, she served as a private secretary and vehicle coordinator in Human Resources for IDOC since 2008.

Bolden joined state government in 2005 when she was selected for the James H. Dunn Fellowship in the Office of the Governor, Legislative Affairs Office. She later became administrative assistant to the deputy governor in the Office of the Governor in 2006.

Bolden holds an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Parkland College; a bachelor’s degree in sociology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Illinois at Springfield.

She is a member of the Pi Alpha Alpha National Honor Society and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated.