Hi, I’m Emily!


I am passionate about building technology that helps individuals, teams, and communities reach their full potential. To do so, I create online and offline systems that help people feel more confident, motivated, connected, and supported in the world.

I am the Co-Founder and Director of Programs at Brave Initiatives, a nonprofit dedicated to helping girls build self-efficacy in coding, design, and leadership. At Brave we are passionate about helping girls build a better world with code.

I completed my PhD in Technology & Social Behavior at Northwestern University, a joint-program in Computer Science and Communication Studies. I conducted my research with Dr. Liz Gerber in the Delta Lab. My dissertation was entitled “Designing Online Social Support Systems to Build the Self-Efficacy of Newcomers.” I received my B.A. in Social Anthropology with a Minor in Psychology from Harvard.

I previously worked for Disney Research where I designed tech for the Disney theme parks, worked on experiences to improve the queue experience, and researched consumer behavior and decision making. I also worked as a UX Researcher at Facebook supporting SMBs. I worked on developing business programs for micro-entrepreneurs in Chile with AccionEmprendedora, on supporting garment factory worker rights with Phulki in Bangladesh, and on increasing students entering the STEM pipeline at Citizen Schools. I also co-founded Youth Lead the Change, a global youth leadership program dedicated to helping empower youth to realize their voices and make change in their communities.

In my free time, I enjoy doing things outside with others like hiking, skiing, playing volleyball, and running with the November Project. I also enjoy music, travel, photography, and gathering for Thoughtlucks.