Audience in Lecture






Chief Knowledge Officer and Senior Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer


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. Robin Hood, created in 1988, is New York City’s largest poverty fighting organization and invests $120 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. Such organizations emphasize early education, youth, health, housing, hunger, immigration, job training, income security, technology, and other vital services.
Emary has led the Robin Hood COVID-19 Relief Fund, which raised and allocated more than $80 million through nearly 1,000 grants in 15 months. Initially dedicated to addressing the needs of those affected by 9/11 and reactivated after Superstorm Sandy she has managed the three activations of the Relief Fund. 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 level.
Emary chairs the board of directors of the New York City Charter Schools Center, is the secretary to the board of the Center for Employment Opportunities, and serves on the board of the Leo Baeck Institute and on the community schools advisory board as well as other city-wide task forces. 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.