Emily was born and raised in Vermont and is a graduate of the University of Vermont Historic Preservation Program. Paul Bruhn was a close friend, colleague, co-conspirator and road-trip companion par excellence. She has served on the Preservation Trust of Vermont Board of Directors on and off for too many years to remember and was appointed by Paul to be the director of the Preservation Choir. She shared Paul’s passion for preserving Vermont’s downtowns and village centers, agricultural landscapes and open spaces and for the organizations strong advocacy role in protecting and preserving the character of Vermont.
Before retiring, her career included working as an independent consultant on many preservation projects around the state with a focus on affordable housing. She served as the Vermont State Historic Preservation Officer from 1998-2003 and was the Vice President for Public Policy at the National Trust for Historic Preservation from 2004-2010. At the National Trust one of her responsibilities was to manage the organization’s Sustainability Program, making the case for the environmental benefits of reusing and retrofitting older and historic buildings.
Currently she is Treasurer of the PTV Board, Vice Chair of the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board and serves on the board of the The Landmark Trust USA. She lives in Burlington and has two children, two grandchildren, and one grand-dog.