Born and raised in Little Rock, AR, Emi graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN with a major in psychology and a minor in gender and sexuality studies. While at Rhodes, she joined Tri Delta sorority, volunteered in a variety of capacities at multiple Shelby County public schools, and studied in Europe and the Middle East for 8 months. After she left Rhodes, Emi completed a year-long service term with AmeriCorps in New York City working at an arts access nonprofit. After Impact America, she would like to work abroad again, preferably with another nonprofit.

Name and describe a memorable place you’ve been.

One of the my most memorable experiences was sitting with my Greek host family in their home in the suburbs of Athens in the summer of 2015, watching the news anchor report on the collapsing Greek economy. The family had two small children, and the parents were terrified about the direction their country was going in, and what these bigger government decisions meant for their immediate future. Among this crisis, I also heard through Greek news that America had legalized gay marriage, which was a complete shock for me since I had been unplugged from American news for months.

What is your favorite quote from a book, film, or song?

It’s not from a book/film/song, but one of my favorite quotes is by author Maya Angelou: “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”