Prior to coming to IACC in 2011, Emily served as Chief of Staff of the Rebuild Iowa Office, a state agency created to coordinate Iowa’s recovery from the 2008 disasters. She also served as the Senate Liaison and Policy Adviser to Governor Chet Culver. Emily also worked in field organizing and fundraising for campaigns including the Chet Culver Committee, John Kerry for President and for the Democratic National Committee. Emily has a Master’s in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Development from the University of Northern Iowa and a Bachelor’s from the University of Iowa in journalism and political science. After graduation she spent a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA in the Center for Service-Learning and Volunteerism at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas.