Emily Thielmann has been part of the Youth and Community Engagement team since 2012. Her work involves leveraging opportunities for youth- and community-led systems change at the local, regional, and national levels in order to improve long-term outcomes for young people. She specializes in empowering youth and community members through leadership opportunities, facilitating conversations toward adaptive solutions, and building networks for social change. Her graduate and professional research has focused on best practices in mentoring programs, volunteer management, and education and career pathways development.
Prior to joining the Youth and Community Engagement Team, Emily worked in nonprofits in Maine, as well as Virginia, New York, Michigan, and Indiana. In Maine, she served alternately in design, education, and program coordination roles in community-based education and mentoring programs, working primarily with students in need of extra academic or emotional support. Emily has a Bachelor’s from Vassar College and a Master’s in Public Policy and Management from the University of Southern Maine’s own Muskie School of Public Service. Also from Muskie, she holds three graduate certificates in Nonprofit Management, Applied Research and Evaluation Methods, and Performance Management and Measurement. She is a Fellow with Maine Network Partners.