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Audience in Lecture






Chief Knowledge Officer and Senior Advisor to the CEO


Robin Hood


Dr. Emary C. Aronson is the chief knowledge officer and senior advisor to the CEO for Robin Hood, which she joined in 1999 as the managing director for education. Created in 1988, Robin Hood is New York City’s largest poverty fighting organization and invests over $130 million annually to serve low income New Yorkers. Supporting a range of schools and education-related programs across K-12, Robin Hood finds, funds, partners, and provides technical and management assistance to more than 250 programs and organizations emphasizing education, basic needs, job training, income security, technology, and other vital services. Emary has led all three of Robin Hood's Relief Funds including its COVID-19 Relief Fund, which raised and allocated more than $83 million through over 1,000 grants in 18 months. (The others were after 9/11 and Superstorm Sandy.) Before joining Robin Hood, Emary was the director of education initiatives at the Partnership for New York City. She has taught history, economics, and management at the two-year college and at the graduate school levels. Emary is the board chair of the New York City Charter Schools Center; is the board secretary for the Center for Employment Opportunities; is a board member of the Leo Baeck Institute; and is on the advisory board for the Yale Philanthropy Conference. Emary holds a BA in history from Smith College, an MSc in economic history from the London School of Economics, an MPPM from the Yale School of Management, and a PhD in history from the University of Chicago.

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