Emily is a project director at Upturn. She was previously a 2019 TechCongress Fellow in the Office of Congressman Mark Takano (CA-41). In Congressman Takano’s office she drafted and helped introduce the Justice in Forensic Algorithms Act and the Office of Technology Assessment Improvement and Enhancement Act, and also ran a series of design thinking workshops for Congressional staffers. Prior to TechCongress she was a user experience researcher at Salesforce, where she conducted research with customer service workers to inform the design and development of Salesforce’s customer service software. While at Salesforce she co-authored an open letter to the company’s CEO challenging Salesforce’s contract with Customs and Border Protection, which was signed by over 900 employees and led to the creation of Salesforce’s Office of Ethical and Humane Use of Technology. Prior to working in technology, Emily worked in fundraising and communications at The New Press and at the Center for Global Development.
Emily has a master’s from UC Berkeley’s School of Information and a B.A. in Economics and International Studies from Emory University.