“I grew up in a comfortable family and had many privileges that most people don’t have. When I attended a Quaker college, studied in Bogotá, Colombia, and majored in Latin American studies my perspective on the world and the role of the US changed dramatically. My work in the Central American solidarity movement in the 1980s, especially with Salvadoran refugees here and in El Salvador, re-focused my purpose entirely. My 20+ years in immigrant rights, among other issues, helped me find my current political purpose as a support to others “in the trenches” of justice work.”
Emily has worked as a consultant since 1997 for more than 60 nonprofit organizations and foundations. She is the former Co-Director for RoadMAP, a national independent capacity-building network serving social change organizations and their funders, and the Lead Consultant for the French American Charitable Trust’s Management Assistance Program.
Emily’s consulting work is informed by over twenty years of activism and organizational leadership in the immigrant and refugee rights movement. She is the founding Executive Director (1986-1996) of the Northern California Coalition for Immigrant Rights, where she led a staff of 25, built a broad-based regional coalition of over 100 organizations, and advocated for progressive reforms on the local, state and federal levels.
Emily was a co-founder of Mujeres Unidas y Activas and has served on their board for the past six years. She has been a fortunate Windcall Retreat resident two times and is the co-creator of the My Healthy Organization organizational assessment tool designed for social change organizations.
Working primarily with community-based organizations that engage in base-building, community organizing, and policy advocacy, Emily specializes in organizational start-up and development, facilitation, individual coaching, strategic planning, the linking of services to social change strategies, and the design and implementation of capacity-building programs. Emily is bilingual in English/Spanish.
Emily lives in San Francisco, CA, with her partner of 20 years and their two cats.