Em trained as a psychotherapist, as well as earning a graduate degree in leadership and organizational development from Bastyr University in 2009. Since then they have worked as a Holistic Leadership Consultant, Educator and Coach. Em is a founding member of the Peace Innovation Network (a collaboration between Stanford’s Peace Innovation Lab and The Hague). They studied Racial Equity for Adaptive Leadership with Dr. Nikum Pon. They are certified in Gracious Space - a framework for courageous conversations that was developed by the Center for Ethical Leadership. Em also has over two decades of experience as a medical massage therapist, and holds a holistic mindset towards physical health, stress reduction, and healing from trauma.
Em has always cared deeply about experiential education. They have been designing and facilitating curriculum with Leadership Eastside in Bellevue, WA for their Adaptive Community Leadership certificate program since 2018. They collaborated with Yolanda Chase and Maileen Hamto to develop the Diversity Way-Maker training. And they are currently facilitating and coaching in a multi-year DEI project with the team at Be Possible.