Emily graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2014 from St. John’s University with a B.S. in Criminal Justice, a concentration in Forensic Psychology, and minors in International Studies and Philosophy. While pursuing her undergraduate degree she worked as a Peer Leader, helping freshman students transition into university life; a Student Ambassador, assisting in the execution of large-scale university-wide events and campus tours; and a Campus Concierge employee, performing various financial transactions and record-keeping for the sale of campus events and programs. Additionally, Emily served as the Treasurer of the Criminal Justice Association, and the Vice President of Membership for Alpha Phi Omega, a national service fraternity.
Immediately after earning her undergraduate degree, Emily enrolled in a master’s degree in Near Eastern Studies from New York University, where she was a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow. Emily spent the summer of 2015 studying Arabic at The Sijal Institute for Arabic Language and Culture in Amman, Jordan. She concluded her master’s degree with the submission of her thesis on the impact of U.S. aid to Egypt between 1940 and 2011. During her time at New York University she helped manage academic events ranging from intimate roundtable discussions to large-scale festivals. Emily joined the Bob Woodruff Foundation as an intern in 2016, and then Strategic Initiatives Officer, before becoming Charitable Investments Program Officer in 2018.