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After years on Wall Street (trader, sales/marketing) and in the retail industry (sales management, buyer), Emily then created ESP & Associates, a marketing consulting practice. Since 1997, she has focused her time and energy on philanthropy and non-profit boards. Emily was a founding board director of the Park City Community Foundation and served as Vice Chair and Grants Chair. She has been on many non-profit boards including the Simmons College Board of Trustees (where she held numerous Chair/Executive Committee positions), V-Day, SF AIDS Foundation, KQED, and Fostering Media Connections.  She chaired her family’s foundation for 15 years. Currently, Emily serves on the advisory committees of Target Zero, Cynthia’s Sisters, and AGLN: Truth and Reconciliation.   Her 25 years of personal experience in philanthropy and managing a family office, Emily fully appreciates the nuances and pressures that having a high net worth can bring.

In addition to being a board member and grantor, Emily has been actively engaged in her philanthropy.  She believes in the value of incorporating her time, treasure, and talent in all that she does.  Her partial list of accomplishments include raising large sums of money by participating in the SF/LA AIDS RIDE, writing a book, walking the Camino de Santiago, journeying to the Democratic Republic of Congo to raise money for City of Joy, and volunteering in the refugee camps in Lesvos and Athens.

Emily presented at TEDx Sonoma on philanthropy and authored Tails of Devotion, A Look at the Bond between People and Their Pets. She is a principal in the California College Pathways Collaborative. Ms. Scott has advised on and taught grant making, development, and board governance.

She holds an MBA from Cornell University, a BA in management from Simmons College, and is an alumna of The Philanthropy Workshop.