Emily joined Project Play in 2018 to co-create and execute the annual Project Play Summit, the nation’s premier gathering of youth, sport and health, and support the groundbreaking Project Play 2020 collective impact initiative dedicated to raising youth sport participation rates and related metrics.
In her prior work, Emily developed youth education and advocacy programming in infectious diseases, harm reduction and drug policy in Seattle and Washington, D.C. She solidified her focus on public health prevention models in youth development and collective impact at Search Institute and The Forum for Youth Investment.
A proud Minnesotan-turned-D.C.-transplant, Emily graduated from St. Olaf College with a self-designed major, Public Mental Health: Wellness and the Arts, which explored the intersection of mental health, theater, creative writing and psychology. As a former multisport athlete, she believes in the power of equitable access to sport sampling to help young people develop physical literacy and social/emotional skills.
In her free time, Emily enjoys multisport “retirement” by crisscrossing D.C. by bike, regularly contributing to her family’s group text and volunteering with D.C.’s harm reduction community.