Emily Williams
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Emily Williams | Director, Strategic Partnerships

Emily has spent her career connecting people, ideas, and capital in service of sparking meaningful partnerships and advancing audacious goals. As the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Gary Community Ventures, she designs and leverages engagement opportunities with aligned funders to create collaborative, breakthrough solutions. 

A career fundraiser, Emily has worked with investors across the country to deepen direct-service efforts, drive systems-level change, and advance policy solutions that improve the lives of Coloradans. At Gary, that work has included leading fundraising strategy and execution for Prop 123, the first successful ballot measure in the U.S. to create a statewide solution to the affordable housing crisis. Prior to Gary, Emily was a Managing Director at Teach For America, leading Colorado communications and corporate partnerships. Emily began her career as the Executive Director of a small, birth-justice and advocacy organization based in Arizona. She has found incredible direction and purpose in mission-driven work throughout her career. 

Emily serves on the board of Ednium, volunteers with children and adults impacted by limb-loss and cancer diagnoses, and is an aspiring pilot.

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I would like to see business people try to solve social problems with the same imagination and energy they use to finance a factory or make a deal. Don’t call it philanthropy; call it corporate social investment. Make it integral to business.