As Deputy Director for Envision Charlotte, Emily Yates is responsible for leading and implementing implement local programming and create a smarter, more sustainable Charlotte. Prior to joining Envision Charlotte, Emily was a senior program officer with the German Marshall Fund of the United States where she developed and led programming dedicated to making cities in Europe and the US smarter and more resilient economically and environmentally.
Emily’s career work has focused on the intersection of economic development, smart and sustainable cities, and civic engagement. She has held a variety of positions in Europe and North America, including urban planning positions with both the District of Columbia and the City of Cleveland planning offices. Emily was a recipient of the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt German Chancellor/ Bundeskanzler Fellowship, which funded a year of research focused on German approaches to the implementation of sustainability policy and climate change adaptation in brownfield development. Emily holds a Bachelors of Science in Landscape Architecture from Arizona State University. She is a member of the Emerging Leaders in Energy and Environmental Policy (ELEEP) Network.