Director of Financial Security Initiatives
Em received their Bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences and Master’s degree in Gerontology from Eastern Illinois University. Upon graduation, they were given the opportunity to work from the ground up within Chicago’s first LGBTQIA+ Affordable Senior Housing Complex, Town Hall Apartments. After relocating to California, their focus has continued to revolve around purpose driven work. Em’s journey has taken them from working with folks in the LGBTQIA+ community to working with youth, adults and families in personal and professional development, education, mental health, affordable housing and overall well-being. They have provided trainings around various subjects as well as financial capacity building throughout their career. Em continues to use their voice to advocate on behalf of the most underserved communities and has a deep connection to the Domestic Violence Movement. Em joined FreeFrom in February 2019.