Emma Uman is Program Manager for the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative Demonstration Cities. The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative is an employer-led coalition committed to training and hiring 100,000 opportunity youth by 2018. In her role, Emma manages a learning community of participating cities and supports the local work to develop and scale employer-led pathways for opportunity youth.
Prior to joining the Aspen Institute, Emma was Policy Director at MBSquared Solutions, a policy and strategy firm, co-founded by Melody Barnes. Emma worked with nonprofit and private sector clients across a range of issues, including workforce development, education, economic and social mobility, and food policy. In addition to her client work, during her time with MBSquared, Emma contributed to opinion and editorial pieces that were featured in Politico, Roll Call, Stanford Social Innovation Review, The World Economic Forum blog, and the Huffington Post. Previously, Emma interned with House of Representatives in the Office of Congressman John Lewis.
Emma served as a Teach For America Corps Member in San Jose, California, where she taught second grade at Trace Elementary School. Emma holds a bachelor’s degree from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.