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Emily Peterson



Emily is a Senior Associate who joined CEA in 2013 in the philanthropic services practice. In this position, she supports foundation and nonprofit clients in designing and evaluating grant programs and investments across a variety of environmental issue areas. Emily has worked with a range of clients, including the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Indonesia Marine Funders Collaborative, Rockefeller Foundation, Ocean Conservancy, and World Wildlife Fund. 

Prior to joining CEA, Emily attended graduate school at Duke University, where she focused on the intersection of public policy and philanthropy, with a concentration on the environmental sector. During her graduate program, she completed projects on Western land conservation with the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, international marine conservation with Environmental Defense Fund, and strategic planning with the Triangle Land Conservancy. Previously, Emily worked in Washington, DC as a Foundations Associate at Oceana. In addition, she has led conservation-oriented field programs in rural Thailand and the Fiji Highlands, and completed a study abroad program on Ecology and Conservation in Botswana through the School for International Training.

Emily holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Middlebury College and a Master’s of Public Policy from the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.

In her free time, Emily enjoys trail running, cycling, exploring the Sierras, and cooking up feasts with friends.