Ember StrangeEmber Strange has been named executive director of the University of Central Arkansas Foundation.

In this role, Strange is responsible for managing the day-to-day financial, accounting, administrative and programmatic operations of the UCA Foundation. She began on March 1.

“I cannot think of a better way to be invested in my community than through working at the UCA Foundation and being part of an organization that helps afford students the opportunity to go to college,” Strange said.

She previously worked for the city of Little Rock as comptroller and then, later assistant director of finance. In these roles, Strange was responsible for the accounting and reporting, payroll, accounts payable and budget divisions. Prior to this role, Strange worked in public accounting at BKD, LLP where she performed financial statement audits with a focus on local governments and not for profits.

Strange earned her bachelor’s in accounting and a Master of Accountancy from Arkansas State University. In 2017, Strange was selected for and attended the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Boston. Through the Government Finance Officers Association, she was selected to attend the Advanced Government Finance Institute at the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2017.