Emily Polak is the Vice President of Partnerships and Coalition Building at Vot-ER, where she works with the Partnerships, Organizing and Policy teams to identify new opportunities to engage health care professionals and integrate civic engagement into municipal, state and federal initiatives.
She completed her Masters in Public Policy with a focus on social and urban policy from Harvard Kennedy School and her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Wesleyan University.
Emily‘s professional career includes over a decade working on health advocacy initiatives at Community Catalyst where she advanced opportunities in pursuit of health justice and anti-racism in partnership with state and local health care advocates. Prior to that, she worked at NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia to pursue reproductive justice initiatives, and cut her teeth in organizing by spending over a year on the 2008 presidential primary and general elections.
Emily resides outside of Boston and spends her non-work hours with her two kiddos, learning how to fold origami patterns, kick a soccer ball, and adventure into new hiking areas. She is a New York and Connecticut native and has spent time living in and working on advocacy and campaign efforts in Washington D.C., Michigan, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Montana, Vermont and Maine.