Emma Osore is a charismatic and driven professional with a desire to leverage existing opportunities to enhance the quality of life for urban residents and young people. Prior to being selected to join the National Urban Fellows program, she worked as the Founding Coordinator of School Affairs at Eastern Senior High School, a Title I, public turnaround school in Washington, DC. Eastern started with just a 9th grade and added one grade level each year so, as a member of the administrative team, Emma was instrumental in building school policies from the ground up. She served simultaneously as chief-of-staff, community partnerships and philanthropy manager, and middle school recruiter.
Her work broadened student access to unique opportunities in the city, promoted a supportive and professional work environment - helping retain 96% of highly effective teachers, and brought in a quarter million dollars of outside in-kind and outside financial investment. During her tenure she also developed all online and print branding/communication strategies, planned countless community-building events, and founded a student-run greenhouse and garden project. Previously, Emma worked in the DC Public Schools central office serving as a Program Assistant on the Principal Effectiveness team. Her work there included helping manage the recruiting, interviewing, hiring, and evaluation of over 80 principals and assistant principals for the District.
Emma graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor’s in Urban and Regional Studies where she developed academic projects in response to complex urban issues in Ithaca, Nairobi, New Orleans, New York City, and Rome. Emma found herself able to significantly build on this knowledge through her National Urban Fellows mentorship placement in Los Angeles at the City of Beverly Hills where, as the Special Assistant to the City Manager, she participated in operating and managing an internationally-known city. Her projects included emergency management planning, strategic planning, risk management, and public art inventory and process mapping.
She is honored to have joined National Urban Fellows to stretch the limits of her leadership and broaden her outlook on urban issues alongside peers committed to public service.