Hi, I'm Emily.

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I've made Lansing my home for 25 years now where I've been honored to call so many in this community my friends and neighbors. I am an independent political and civil rights consultant and the proud co-founder of a nonprofit bookstore located in Downtown Lansing.


More importantly, I am a passionate advocate for our community. I have spent my life championing progressive issues, particularly LGBTQIA equality, racial justice and equality, sexual and domestic violence, women’s rights, and ending HIV/AIDS. 


I have been proud to serve as president of the Lansing Association of Human Rights (LAHR), vice president of the board of the Firecracker Foundation, a board member of the Lansing Area AIDS Network as well as with the Ingham County Women’s Commission. In addition, I was federally appointed in 2015 to the Michigan Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and recently completed my second term on the committee where I served as co-chair.


I have been fortunate to build a career around the issues I have spent my life fighting for. As Executive Director for Equality Michigan, I advocated for LGBT-friendly policies among legislators and other political leaders throughout the state and at every level of government. Previously, I worked in the Michigan House of Representatives for Democratic state legislators for nearly a decade, including as Chief of Staff for Representative Andy Coulouris where I focused on addressing issues of the judiciary and banking and financial services, ensuring equity and accessibility to justice and resources for Michigan residents during Michigan’s foreclosure crisis.


I'm also a proud Spartan where I graduated from James Madison College at Michigan State University with a degree in social relations.