• START Center Managing Director
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At START Emily directs all Center activities, including overseeing daily operations, managing a team of 30 people, interfacing with clients, and keeping approximately 15 ongoing projects running smoothly. Emily joined START in 2012 and has been integral to defining and shaping the current organizational structure. Before joining START, Emily lived and worked in rural Belize with the United States Peace Corps, empowering women through training, leadership, and strengthening small business organizational capacities. Emily is an action-oriented leader who thrives by motivating diverse stakeholders towards a common goal. She holds a Master of Public Policy and Governance and Bachelor of Economics, both from the University of Washington, and spent her first 17 years living in Europe. 

  • BA (University of Washington)
  • MPA (University of Washington)
  • Italian
  • Spanish
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