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I have had the good pleasure of knowing and working with Emily for several years on a variety of local food system projects. She is a true team player, as I learned when she reached out to me to be a part of the food system council that she founded in Jackson County. As a Program Coordinator and Extension Agent over the years, Emily would routinely reach out to me for new programming ideas or I would go to her for help on an issue. In 2018, we worked closely on an Agriculture Economic Development Plan for my Tribe, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. The process was hands-on and required extensive community outreach and engagement. She and her team demonstrated exceptional professionalism working with a native community to source information for the final product. We were pleased with the final report and are using it to guide our future action. Emily brings a wealth of knowledge and energy to any project she works on.
 Joseph Owle
Joseph OwleSecretary of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
Emily has a talent for balancing accepted evaluation protocols with practical execution. Our organization was new to formal evaluation, and Emily made the process simple and actionable without overwhelming us with too many decision points. She was skillful at guiding our team to ask the right questions to get at the most important aspects of our programming. And as a bonus, not only is Emily brilliant with data collection and analysis, she is also a wonderful communicator providing clarity and accountability throughout the process.
Cindy Sink
Cindy Sinkformer Director of Advocacy and Evaluation, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, Raleigh, NC
Emily can do anything – she is incredibly organized, clear and easy in her communications, self-motivated, forward thinking, and a pure joy to work with on a team and/or in a leadership role.
She knows how to drive high level processes from start to finish, bring people together from various backgrounds, weave complex topics, AND also organize her work and work flow processes on paper and in meetings.
Emily gets more done in an hour than most people get done in three. She is very productive and efficient with her time and also conscientious and personable. Emily understands people; she speaks as comfortably with agricultural farmers as she does top government officials and anyone in between. She can assess issues or areas that need strengthening, match her skills to best meet organizational needs, map the process toward a solution, and execute.
I would want Emily on my team any day.
Sarah Blacklin
Sarah BlacklinProgram Director, NC Choices, NC State University
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