Emily Schweninger is the Deputy Director of Thriving Communities, a program of Smart Growth America. A public health professional with over 12 years of experience, Emily began her career in New Orleans, working in disaster response and recovery after Hurricane Katrina. There she conducted research on human rights abuses among migrant laborers, supported peer education programs to increase healthcare access for immigrant communities, and served as the Director of Research and Evaluation at Market Umbrella, a nonprofit dedicated to local food system development. After leaving New Orleans, Emily worked in global health, conducting research in the Andean Region, coordinating a CDC project in Mozambique with Global Health Communication, and lastly managing UNICEF’s HIV portfolio in Equatorial Guinea.
With diverse experiences and skills, from coordinating multi-sectorial programs to managing communication campaigns, Emily has returned to the United States to focus on building strong, resilient communities by promoting health equity through the built environment. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Public Health from Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
Emily can be reached at eschweninger [at] smartgrowthamerica [dot] org.