Emily Whitfield As the founder and principal of Emily Whitfield Communications, Emily has more than 20 years of experience in media relations, strategic planning, issue advocacy, and crisis communications. Emily combines a sophisticated grasp of branding and messaging in today’s complex media environment with an appreciation for what drives nonprofit organizations. She has worked with everyone from small nonprofits trying to be heard in a crowded media environment to charitable foundations seeking to boost their grantees’ communications skills, to large nonprofits and PR agencies needing someone to engage top-level journalists about complex and controversial issues.Emily worked at the American Civil Liberties Union — the nation’s oldest and largest civil liberties organization — from 1996 to 2007, initially as Deputy Director of Media Relations, and from 1998 onward as Director of Media Relations. In that role, she directed a national team that provided professional support to the ACLU’s leaders, legal department and 50-plus state affiliates. Under Emily’s leadership, the ACLU’s media relations work garnered awards from the Public Relations Society of America and Women Executives in Public Relations.
Today, Emily’s clients include the Innocence Project, Roadmonkey Adventure Philanthropy, Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children, National Advocates for Pregnant Women, The Diaper Bank, Media Coalition, and the ACLU. She is particularly proud of her pro bono work with psychologists and activists to end the participation of health professionals in U.S. government-sanctioned torture.
Emily is a member of the board of the National Coalition Against Censorship. A native New Yorker and a graduate of New York University, she lives in Brooklyn and surfs when she can. You can find her at www.emilywhitfield.org