Emily Mead is a Senior Program Manager on the Urban Team at Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC). In this role, she supports ISC’s work in Maricopa County, on the Advancing Community Resilience Partnership. This project, designed in partnership with Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, is intended to build community engagement, social cohesion, and resilience. Emily brings her local knowledge and strong experience in economic development, public-private partnerships, and relationship management to this place-based effort.

Emily has worked in economic development, fundraising, public relations, and partnership management for a variety of organizations and projects in Maricopa County, Arizona. She acted as project manager for Velocity, a public-private initiative to accelerate the growth of Greater Phoenix, developed in partnership with the Brookings Metro Policy Project. She has extensive experience in relationship management, corporate sponsorships, and local and regional economic development initiatives.

Before joining ISC, Emily was Community Engagement Director at the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC), where she managed relationships with public and private sector partners in 23 municipalities. Also at GPEC, she served as Strategic Engagement Director and Strategic Partnerships Manager, raising and retaining corporate sponsorships and organizing events, workshops and conferences for the region. Prior to GPEC, she was Manager of Fundraising and Marketing for the Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS, where she managed partnerships, events and volunteers.

Emily earned a Master of Public Administration from Arizona State University and a B.S. in Advertising and Public Relations from Northern Arizona University. She holds a certificate in Strategic Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. She is a member of the 2017 class of the Valley Leadership Institute and chairs both the Valley of the Sun United Way’s junior board Generation United and Scottsdale Art’s AG2 Leadership Council. She is based in Phoenix.

Building Community Resilience

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Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, in partnership with Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC), convened a series of interviews, focus groups, and workshops on the topic of community resilience. The Trust wanted to learn firsthand from the community about regional efforts underway aimed at building resiliency in our nonprofit community and social sectors—our social profit sector as we like to call it. We sincerely thank the more than 200 individuals representing arts and culture, social services, healthcare, education, philanthropy, the private sector, and local and state government, for sharing perspectives, ideas, and candor; the contributions from these various dialogues are the impetus for the report Building Community Resilience in Maricopa County.

Piper Trust remains dedicated to its mission—to support organizations that enrich health, well-being, and opportunity for the people of Maricopa County. In an effort to enhance our work, the Trust has engaged ISC over the next several years to help us strengthen community resilience and social cohesion through strong collaborations and our grantmaking and initiatives.

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