On November 19, GHTC hosted a virtual roundtable with four organizations advancing COVID-19 innovations and 12 staff members from congressional offices. The dialogue focused on the need for COVID-19 innovations designed for use in low-resource settings and the role the US Agency for International Development (USAID) could play in supporting this effort. Read on for a recap of the event.
Emily manages congressional outreach, policy development, and legislative analysis to support the US advocacy work of the coalition. In this capacity, she serves as GHTC’s primary liaison with Congress and helps develop strategies to advance the coalition’s legislative priorities.
Prior to GHTC, she served as the Senior Advocacy Associate for Global Health at World Vision US, building support for global health appropriations and legislation, leading a congressional staff learning trip to Mozambique focused on maternal and child health, and serving as co-chair of the Global Health Council Budget and Policy Roundtable.
Emily discovered her passion for global health advocacy as an undergraduate at the University of Notre Dame, where she founded the first-ever student group dedicated to the fight against neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). After graduating, she joined the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases at the Sabin Vaccine Institute, leading grassroots advocacy and fundraising for the END7 campaign, building more than fifty university chapters in fifteen countries, and spearheading annual student advocacy summits to build support for the USAID NTD Program on Capitol Hill. She also pioneered a faith-based engagement effort that culminated in an international conference on NTDs at the Vatican featuring a message from Pope Francis.
She graduated from Notre Dame with degrees in psychology and theology. In her free time, you can usually find her baking, training for half marathons (to balance said baking) and hosting elaborate dinner parties.