Emily Boer Drake, MPA

Director of Portfolio Alignment, Senior Consultant
Emily.Drake@learningforaction.com

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 measurement and evaluation plans 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 media, policy advocacy, early childhood education, environmental education, and housing and homelessness. As the Director of Portfolio Alignment, Emily makes decisions about which engagements the firm should pursue, leads business development processes with new clients, and oversees project staffing within the firm.

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.

Emily lives in Seattle with her husband, two young daughters, and two cats. 

Education

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

Selected Project Experience

  • Technical Assistance for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Media Partnerships Portfolio
  • Research on Media Impact Measurement Best Practices for the National Center for Media Engagement
  • Evaluation of Knight News Challenge grants for the Knight Foundation
  • Evaluation of the James Irvine Foundation’s Pay for Success Initiative
  • Development of a Shared Measurement System for the Park Youth Collaborative
  • Strategic Planning for the Santa Barbara Symphony