Emily joined the Mt. Auburn team in September 2020 and brings to the team extensive knowledge of affordable housing combined with a deep dedication to equitable policy and programmatic outcomes. At Mt. Auburn, Emily is supporting the evaluation of Connect Capital and the Working Cities Challenge with a particular focus on the potential of cross-sector collaboratives to advance system change and engender positive social, environmental, and economic change.
A recent graduate of Harvard University's Graduate School of Design with a master's degree in urban planning, Emily focused her graduate studies on community development, affordable housing, and justice-based planning strategies that further racial equity and increase access to opportunity, with a cross-cutting theme of how to best use data, research, and policy together and in partnership with those facing systemic inequalities. Immediately after graduate school, Emily worked as a researcher at the Joint Center for Housing Studies where she analyzed the role of community development corporations in administering the city of Boston's emergency COVID-19 response to support vulnerable renters. Through independent research and interviews with policymakers and community leaders, Emily distilled learnings from CDC leadership to inform citywide strategy for recovering and stabilizing rental housing, especially among low-income households of color, both within the immediate context of the COVID-19 crisis and amidst the larger ongoing affordable housing crisis.
Before beginning her graduate studies, Emily worked for two years at HR&A Advisors, where she supported city officials and urban leaders in analyzing, deconstructing, and responding to the multifaceted socioeconomic and environmental stresses impacting their communities. While there, Emily advanced research, strategy development, and technical assistance in support of the National Disaster Resilience Competition, 100 Resilient Cities, and the US Conference of Mayors' development of a racial equity agenda. Emily holds a bachelor's degree in Urban Studies from Barnard College.