After receiving her B.A. in Political Science with a focus on American Politics from Brown University, Emily worked for in operations management in Atlanta. She then attended UGA’s School of Law where she graduated in 2010 with a J.D., cum laude. As a public service assistant, she has been working in communities around Georgia on community and leadership development. Currently, she is developing and implementing Athens Peer Court, which is a program that trains local high school students to be the advocates, judges and jurors in disposition hearings for youth arrested of first time offenses. She is also a volunteer for the Clarke County Mentor Program.
Emily was first drawn to Children First when she met Tony Waller at a Community Connection meeting. Already looking to serve on a board that helps children, Emily knew as soon as Tony explained the work that Children First does to help families and children that this was the board she wanted to join. She has been impressed by how hard the committed and capable staff members work to carry out the mission.
As a strong believer in giving back to the community, Emily looks forward to participating in a meaningful way by maintaining and growing Children First’s capacity. When it comes to helping Children First, she wants to contribute in fundraising and organizing events as well as learn more about opportunities for growth. She is very excited about meeting new people and building connections.
Having been born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Emily has lived in Georgia since 2004 and loves being able to play tennis and soccer outside year round!
As far as her professional background goes, Aria has focused her career on training and supervision. Her volunteer experience includes working with organizations such as Project Safe, Clarke County BOE, and Coile Middle School.
She was initially drawn to the board when she was looking for an external project to be a part of for work. As soon as she heard about Children First and their involvement with CASA, she knew this was the board she wanted on which she would love to serve.
As a newcomer, Aria is looking forward to the overall board experience and learning how to better meet the needs of at risk children. Aria wants all stakeholders to know that she is extremely passionate about any task that she is a part of. Overall, she thoroughly enjoys serving others and taking care of children.