Emily holds two Master's degrees from American University and the United Nations University for Peace, specializing in natural resources management, sustainable development, and international affairs. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in industrial design from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). In 2017 she lived and studied in Costa Rica while being immersed in Latin American culture and sustainability practices. Emily hopes to begin a career in sustainability with a focus on design thinking, social responsibility, climate resilience, water security, and community engagement.
The world's substantive problems will not be solved by superficial solutions. Emily's knowledge of international affairs, design thinking, anthropology, and communications enable her to look at sustainability through a people-centered lens. She wants to help businesses optimize and prioritize their social impact, while fighting for justice for those disproportionally affected by climate change. Design can bridge the gap between people and sustainability challenges, one person at a time.
Our planet is indispensable and with it, its precious natural resources. How can the world's consumption of products, food, water, and energy become sustainable and equitable? Now is the pivotal time for innovation and the design of systems, programs, educational tools, and technologies that will aid in adapting and mitigating the world's changing climate. Emily is dedicated to serving others, especially those disproportionally affected by climate change and future generations of global citizens.
— EmilyAnn Walrath
Director, Student and Young Alumni Engagement at American University
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