Emily Neff
PK-3 Public Policy Manager / Kindergarten Transition Program Director, Trying Together

Emily Neff serves as the PK-3 Public Policy Manager for Trying Together. In this role, she works to strengthen the connection and alignment of the early childhood continuum through various policy, advocacy, and system building activities. She engages with policymakers, educators, and families to advocate for increased access to high-quality early learning experiences like child care, pre-k, and home visiting programs. She supports the public policy priorities by writing white papers and reports on various policy issues and evidence-based best practices impacting the field of early education.

Passionate about empowering educators and connecting policy to practice, she develops relevant policy and research into professional development opportunities through workshops, presentations, and webinars. Emily coordinates a kindergarten transition program for 43 school districts in Allegheny County. She also co-leads the Recess Advocacy Team, a group of organizations dedicated to health and wellness, education, and play focused on recess practices and policies in elementary schools. Previously, Emily worked for the New York City Department of Education as a Family Support Coordinator, serving families and students from 25 elementary and middle schools. She began her career in education as a first grade teacher in Hazelhurst, Mississippi.

Emily is an alumna of Teachers College, Columbia University (Education Policy, M.A.) and Allegheny College (English, B.A.). As a lifelong learner, she continues to seek out opportunities to strengthen her knowledge and completed a policy fellowship through the Office of Child Development and Early Learning. Additionally, she holds a PreK-4 Pennsylvania teacher certification.