Emily Thielmann is a Policy Associate with the Cutler Institute’s Youth & Community Engagement team at the University of Southern Maine. She works to leverage 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, especially those facing barriers to education or employment. She specializes in empowering youth and community members through leadership opportunities, facilitating conversations toward adaptive solutions, and building networks for social change. Prior to joining the Youth and Community Engagement Team, Emily worked in the nonprofit sector in Maine, as well as in Virginia, New York, Michigan, and Indiana.
Emily also coordinates the community-led initiative Portland Empowered, an organization which champions student and parent voice in Portland Public Schools, with a specific focus on engaging those who have historically been under-represented in decision-making. In addition, she staffs the Southern Maine Youth Transition Network, an Aspen Institute Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund site seeking to reduce barriers and create opportunities for disconnected youth in Southern Maine. Emily has a B.A. from Vassar College and a Master’s in Public Policy and Management from the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine.