FOUNDER AND MANAGING DIRECTOR

Amber Binkley is a health and parenting educator and a certified wellness coach. She’s passionate about helping young families thrive and building family-friendly workplaces. She holds a BA in human biology from Stanford with a focus on women’s health, and a Masters of Science in Public Health from Harvard with emphases on health communication, human development, and management. Before founding A Joyful Start, Amber worked for a decade in health and education consulting, advising major corporations and foundations on their corporate social responsibility and philanthropy programs. As a member of the “people team” she also developed programs to support and retain employees, including new parents. Amber previously served on the board of the Children’s Council, a nonprofit that helps local families secure quality childcare. She lives in San Francisco with her two young boys and her husband Aaron.

PARTNERS

Daphne Jonas is a Registered Nurse with a focus on Maternal and Child health. She is a childbirth and parenting educator, as well as a certified Lactation educator. She has a BA from Brown University with a concentration in community health, and a Masters of Science in Public Health from Drexel University, with a focus on Maternal and Child health. She also holds a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, with a focus on women's health. As a Public Health Nurse, she has spent her career educating pregnant women and their partners on the joyous and sometimes challenging journey of pregnancy, childbirth and parenthood. She is passionate about helping parents feel empowered, informed, and present during such a transformative time.  She lives in San Francisco with her two young daughters and husband Peter.  

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