As the Kiva Pittsburgh Program Director, Emily leads the Kiva Pittsburgh initiative, a partnership between Kiva, a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, and Urban Innovation21. Kiva manages an innovative online platform that utilizes crowd-funding to assemble funds from individuals around the world who support small businesses via micro-loans. Emily informs Pittsburgh’s small business community about the opportunity offered by crowdfunding and Kiva, and assists entrepreneurs throughout the Kiva application and crowd-funding process.
Prior to her current role, Emily was the Chief of Staff for City Councilman Patrick Dowd and the Manager of Financial Education Initiatives at NeighborWorks Western Pennsylvania. In each role, she strove to empower residents with knowledge about the systems that impact their lives and communities, whether it be zoning policies, traffic engineering regulations, or credit score calculations.
Emily is a Pittsburgh native and graduate of Schenley High School. She majored in Social Policy and minored in Economics at Northwestern University. Emily’s passion for Pittsburgh’s communities extends to her volunteer work. Through Urban Hike, she leads walks that showcase Pittsburgh’s unique neighborhoods. She has served as the Dean of Awesome for micro-grantmaker Awesome Pittsburgh since its founding in 2011.