Carmen Twillie Ambar (born July 3, 1968) is an American attorney and college president.
In 2002, she became the ninth woman to lead Douglass College and the youngest dean in its history. She was dean of Douglass College until August 2008 when she became president of Cedar Crest College. Ambar was appointed by Governor Corzine to the New Jersey Economic Development Authority Board of Directors. In 2017, she was named 15th president of Oberlin College.
She holds a bachelor's degree in foreign service from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, a master's degree in public affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and a law degree from Columbia University School of Law. Ambar formerly served as Board Chair for the Public Leadership Education Network and is vice-chair of the New Jersey Commission on the Status of Women. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. She is married to Saladin Ambar, who is also a graduate of Edmund A. Walsh School at Georgetown University and now teaches political science at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University. He earned his Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 2008. On April 19, 2007, Carmen Ambar gave birth to triplets.
On May 1, 2008, Carmen Ambar was named thirteenth president of Cedar Crest College and was officially inaugurated to the position on October 23, 2009. On May 30, 2017, she was named fifteenth president of Oberlin College, the first black person and the second woman to hold that position.