Connecticut Voices for Children
Emily, Executive Director of Connecticut Voices for Children, has extensive experience in developing human-centered policies and programs as well as driving effective advocacy strategies in service of progressive change. A public servant by training, she started her career as a policy analyst for the City of New Haven, Connecticut where she helped design the nation’s first municipal identification card for residents irrespective of immigration status. Since then she has held various governmental leadership positions as a systems intrapreneur within the social and economic justice arenas. Most notably, she was the founding Executive Director of New Haven Promise, a nonprofit at the intersection of education and economic development.
Byrne has led and contributed to work that has been recognized by past White House administrations and has appeared in numerous publications. She is a 2011 Yale University Steton Elm Awardee and a 2012 Connecticut Magazine 40 under 40 recipient. A graduate of Providence College and New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, she is also a past U.S. Visiting Fellow with the Robert Bosch Foundation in Germany, where her research focused on migrant rights and racial justice vis-à-vis democratic participation and education.