Emily Boer Drake, MPA

Managing Director

Emily brings deep experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors to her consulting practice. Her work at LFA focuses on evaluation and strategic planning, and she strives to empower clients with information so they can positively impact their communities. She endeavors to build organizational capacity building into all of her projects and leave her clients with sustainable systems and new skills after the consulting work is complete. During her time at LFA, Emily has worked with a diverse array of clients spanning different sectors and fields, including leadership development, public media, policy advocacy, early childhood education, environmental education, and housing and homelessness. As a Managing Director at the firm, Emily is responsible for providing strategic leadership, overseeing financial systems and reporting, developing and executing business development strategies, and leading project staffing and workload planning systems.

Prior to joining LFA in 2006, she was a management consultant at Technical Development Corporation (TDC) in Boston where she provided strategic planning services and technical assistance to nonprofit and foundation clients throughout New England. Emily also worked at the Central New York Community Foundation where she reviewed proposals and coordinated school-based initiatives in Syracuse, NY.  She has had direct service and administrative roles within nonprofit organizations, including in women’s health, legal services, and mental health counseling. She was also a founding board member of Fitness Forward, a nonprofit focused on improving health outcomes for children.

Emily lives in Seattle with her husband, two young daughters, and two cats, where she spends her time planning elaborate dinner parties and enjoying the outdoor beauty of the Pacific Northwest.


  • Master of Public Administration, Maxwell School at Syracuse University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and Art History, Williams College

Selected Project Experience

  • Review and recommendations for nonprofit capacity building support in Chicago, a project of 21 Chicago-area funders
  • Technical assistance for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Media Partnerships Portfolio
  • Evaluation strategy and technical assistance for the Open Places Initiative site in San Diego, a project of the Open Society Foundations
  • Evaluation of the James Irvine Foundation’s California Pay for Success Initiative
  • Development of a shared measurement system for the Park Youth Collaborative
  • Strategic planning for the Santa Barbara Symphony