Emily joined the Liberty Prairie Foundation as a Program Associate in 2012 and brings an eclectic background to the team. She holds a B.A. in Journalism from Drake University and an M.S. in Public Service Management from DePaul University.
Emily began her career as a journalist at several newspapers and magazines in Iowa and Illinois and was later promoted to editor of a community newspaper in north central Illinois. During her time at Drake University, Emily worked on political campaigns and served as an intern for then First Lady of Iowa, Christie Vilsack. During her career in the nonprofit sector, Emily has served as Director of Programs at a Chicago-based nonprofit organization focused on youth empowerment and also worked with an anti-hunger coalition. During graduate school, Emily began to focus her research on local food system development, which set her new career path.
At the Liberty Prairie Foundation, Emily works on community-based projects. Most recently, she led the Waukegan Local Food Project, where she brought stakeholders together and offered technical assistance to organizations. She enjoys working with groups that are pursuing local food projects and seeks to reduce redundancies, facilitate connections and link organizations to tools and resources. Emily also works on regional initiatives, attends conferences and represents the Foundation on the Lake County Local Food Working Group, Look North anti-hunger initiative, the Waukegan-North Chicago Leave No Child Inside Steering Committee and Multicultural Advisory Board, and USDA Good Greens.
In the summer months, Emily enjoys frequenting farmers markets in the region. She has yet to master the skill of growing food after the demise of countless potted herbs over the years, but nonetheless remains a committed local food consumer and advocate.
Emily can be reached at Emily(at)libertyprairie.org or 847-548-4062 x23. Her office is located at the Yellow Farmhouse.