Emilie Engelhard is fueled by big ideas, good causes, and the power of storytelling. As Communications Director at Fair Food Network, Emilie is responsible for defining the organization’s national communications strategy and building brand awareness with the goal to grow the good for a more just and sustainable food system. Working in close partnership with the president and program team, she leads a range of efforts including branding and positioning, media relations, digital strategy, and content generation among others.
Emilie brings big-picture foresight coupled, detailed orientated execution, and a background leading issue-based advocacy efforts. While she has had the honor to support a number of good causes, no issue has inspired and energized her like food justice. Her professional introduction to the good food movement was in support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation while with Pyramid Communications, where she led editorial efforts and provided communications technical assistance for the Food & Fitness/Community initiative. She also worked with Weber Shandwick’s Social Impact team in support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s global development with a focus on agriculture projects. Most recently, Emilie served as the first communications director at Washington STEM, a statewide education nonprofit, where she spearheaded organizational rebranding and laid communications infrastructure from digital presence and social strategy to media engagement and multimedia content production.
Emilie found a home in mission-driven communications through a circuitous path that included the yin and yang of journalism with The Nation and GQ magazine. A Michigan native, Emilie graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a dual concentration in arts and ideas and French from the University of Michigan Residential College. She has a master’s degree in religious studies from the University of Chicago. Emilie is thrilled to be back in Michigan after many years on the west and east coasts. She lives in Ann Arbor with her husband and son.