Emily joined the Saturday Academy team in 2019. Emily grew up in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and attended college at Shepherd University where she majored in Graphic Design. After graduation, Emily moved to Denver to work in the marketing department as lead designer and marketing assistant at a foodservice design consulting firm for two years before moving to Portland. Apart from her experience as an in-house designer, her background includes freelance and pro-bono such as branding work for SkyTruth, a non-profit organization focused on using technology to monitor threats to the planet's natural resources. Emily has always had a passion for higher education and learning, especially in the art and design fields. She is looking towards obtaining her masters to teach design at a university level in the future. Although a newbie to the Pacific Northwest, she has brought her love of hiking with her and a constant search for the trendiest restaurants.