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David Ambroz: A Fostering Success Story

David Ambroz is a living testament to the power of hope, strength and perseverance in overcoming some of life’s greatest challenges.

Ambroz’s childhood was a harrowing tumult of poverty, homelessness and hunger as he, his siblings, and his mentally ill, abusive mother survived on the streets of New York. His subsequent experience in the foster system as a young gay man was similarly marked by neglect and abuse until he finally found stability.

In his recent memoir, A Place Called Home, Ambroz vividly describes his story of survival and ultimately life success. Today, Ambroz is a law school graduate, a leading advocate for child welfare, and a national voice for improved foster care and homelessness policies. He is a head of Community Engagement (Southern California & Western U.S. Region) at Amazon, and has been recognized by former President Obama as an American Champion of Change.

Please join us for a conversation with an inspirational person who is using his lived experience to help build a more humane and compassionate nation, and how you can too.


This program is supported by Amazon.


May 25, 2023

The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcadero
Taube Family Auditorium
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

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David Ambroz

Head, External Affairs & Community Engagement for The West and Inland Empire, Amazon; Author, A Place Called Home: A Memoir

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Amy Lemley

Executive Director, John Burton Advocates for Youth