Emily Franc comes to Potomac Riverkeeper Network with extensive experience and background in environmental research, policy, fundraising and advocacy accumulated through years spent working on Capitol Hill for a prominent member of the House Energy and Environment Committee, as well as for various international agencies and non-profits including the United Nations Environment Program Caribbean Environment Programme (UNEP-CEP), The Ocean Foundation (TOF), and Qatar Foundation International (QFI).
She also has broad executive level experience in non-profit management, strategic development and effectiveness analytics, communications, philanthropic fundraising, and a proven track record in taking organizational capacity to scale during periods of rapid growth and transforming non-profits into thriving financially successful entities.
Prior to this, Emily was the Riverkeeper for Anacostia Riverkeeper. There she was responsible for developing, implementing and raising money for programs that limit pollution from the waters of the Anacostia River watershed; educating the public on water quality issues and best practices; and increasing public awareness of our local waterways as community resources to be valued and protected.
She is an avid explorer and will try most anything once. She has traveled throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. Through her passion for volunteerism, she has regularly participated in riverbank cleanups and wetlands restoration projects in Washington, D.C., California, Florida, the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, Zambia, Jamaica and Qatar.
Emily received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from California State University, Hayward and her Masters of Environmental Science from Johns Hopkins University.
Emily believes in lifelong learning, and has an insatiable curiosity. An avid explorer and world traveler, this Maryland native has called the Potomac River watershed home for most of her life, and enjoys fishing, hiking, boating, and any opportunity to be out on the water. She has four adult children who are amazing!