Areas of Expertise
- U.S. federal ocean policy
- Marine debris
- Ocean planning
- Federal budget and appropriations
Emily’s deep policy experience has led to her role as Executive Vice President where she is working alongside Ocean Conservancy’s CEO to help shape the organization’s direction and oversee the intersection of science, policy, and citizen engagement across all our programs. Emily has been a key team member at Ocean Conservancy since 2010, first leading our government relations team, then expanding her role to Vice President for Conservation Policy and Programs where she provided strategic management of our government relations work and our programs to eliminate ocean trash and better plan for competing ocean uses and conservation. Prior to working at Ocean Conservancy, Emily served as a senior policy advisor to The Nature Conservancy’s marine program, and she also worked at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget where she oversaw budget and policy issues related to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Emily is a graduate of Yale University and has a master’s from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University.
- Bachelor’s degree from Yale University
- Master’s degree from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University
My Favorite Thing About the Ocean
Its vastness serves as a constant reminder of how small we each are, and its vulnerability a reminder of our responsibility to bring people together to conserve and protect it.
“To move forward, change has to come from multiple directions at the same time. The solutions to really challenging problems always come along multiple fronts. We all have an opportunity to do something that makes the world a better place from wherever we are. ”