Emma Wendt has a passion for coaching and connecting people, especially those who want to make a positive impact on the world. This makes her new role at Ann Arbor SPARK
, as their entrepreneurial services connector, a natural fit.
Emma moved to Ann Arbor from San Francisco in the summer of 2011 with her significant other who started medical school. Since then, she's spent much of her time building up a new network -- both professional and personal -- to help make this place feel like home.
In addition to building community, Emma also obsesses about getting around without a car, eating local food, energy efficiency, and elegant presentations. Emma now serves as vice chair at the Washtenaw Bicycling and Walking Coalition
and occasionally volunteers at SELMA Cafe
, and Common Cycle
Before coming to Michigan, Emma lived in the Bay Area for the past five years -- first for grad school at Stanford, where she received a joint MBA/MS in environment and resources, and then to work on renewable energy at Pacific Gas and Electric, the main utility in Northern California. Previously, Emma was at the World Bank Group in Washington, D.C., developing their corporate social responsibility programs.
She's been to 22 countries, including to Bahrain to represent a youth organization at a UN meeting, and to Guatemala to pick coffee cherries. Emma holds a BA in environmental science and public policy from Harvard.
Emma grew up in Nova Scotia, which is why you'll find the occasional extra 'u' in her writing. She was hoping for some real snow this winter, but appreciates Michigan taking it easy on her in her first year.
You can read more about Emma's experiences in Michigan in a blog she co-authors, Plus1 to A2