Grandparents are magical, and Emily’s grandparents sparked her love of storytelling and the written word. They shared their lives with her through their memories of triumphs and struggles. They inspired her to create and write plays, in which they lovingly participated. They were her most ardent pen pals in the pre-internet era of long-distance communications. And they taught her that our stories are our greatest gifts.
Emily’s strong sense of justice has fueled her work on behalf of young people. Over the years, she’s focused on doing her part to help address the systemic challenges that limit educational access and opportunity for kids in our most under-served communities. Emily first cut her teeth in education reform when she managed communications for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant-funded reform efforts in the Pittsburgh Public Schools. Upon moving to California, Emily joined the team at Capitol Impact, supporting education clients working statewide to improve educational equity including the CORE Districts and Linked Learning Alliance. While there, she contributed to CORE’s successful request for a federal waiver under the No Child Left Behind Act. Most recently before joining Larson Communications, Emily led the communications team responsible for public affairs, media relations, crisis communications and digital strategy at the California Charter Schools Association.
Emily brings experience and expertise in the field of education policy and its intersection with communications, media and politics. She has a knack for making complicated education policies and issues accessible and actionable and, in turn, her work has helped move the needle in the public education debate. Emily sees the bigger picture while remaining attuned to the details to ensure nothing is left to chance. Her work has earned multiple awards, praise from peers and, most importantly, has helped organizations implement policies, programs and campaigns that improve the lives of kids.
Literally, her black lab mix Bear who is incapable of sleeping past 5:30 a.m. A strong cup of coffee and a desire to tell stories that matter.
Emily is slowly learning to play golf and loves rooting for her husband’s beloved Auburn Tigers.
Emily earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Penn State University and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Pittsburgh.