We are excited to welcome Emily Wexler are the new Associate Director of the Social Sector Accelerator. While we are saddened to see Hugh O’Donnell leave for his academic pursuits we are thrilled to have Emily join our team.
Prior to joining the Accelerator, Emily served as a director on the program team at Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) where she helped craft the strategic vision for, designed and delivered GEO’s peer learning and other programming. In this role, she managed impactful opportunities for grantmakers to learn and connect with one another across a variety of in-person and remote settings. She previously served as a project specialist for the Scaling What Works initiative and had been with GEO since June 2011.
Prior to joining GEO Emily received her master of public policy from Duke University’s Terry Sanford School of Public Policy. During her time at the Sanford School, Emily focused on the use of communities and research to design effective social policies and programs. In particular, she worked with the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation for her masters project to provide strategy and analysis on how to successfully implement data collection tools in North Carolina’s domestic violence and sexual assault agencies. Before she received her MPP, Emily worked as a community organizer and policy analyst in Vermont. In this role, she worked on issues ranging from childhood hunger to access to affordable health care. In particular, in her work with the People Improving Communities Through Organizing Network (PICO) Emily collaborated with community leaders to conduct a public action to galvanize the state’s policymakers to protect critical components of the state’s social welfare program safety net. Emily is an alumna of Princeton University’s Emerging Leaders Program and a former project lead for Compass Pro Bono.
In her role as Associate Director, Emily will support the expansion of the advisory and learning services we offer to our partners.