Emory Williamson currently works as the Scholarship Coordinator at the Community Foundation of Louisville. At CFL, Emory leads the efforts of managing and administering the Foundation's $28 million portfolio of 100-plus scholarship funds in order to build and sustain relations with donors, recipients, and educational institutions. Over the past two years, Emory's efforts have led to more than $3.2 million in scholarships awarded to students.
Prior to joining the Community Foundation, Emory worked in Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee with Teach For America as a teacher and then as a manager of new teachers on TFA's staff. Prior to TFA, he worked as a recruiter with the Kentucky College of Art + Design and with various news media outlets, including Business First, WHAS-11 News, the Kentucky Press Association, and the Society of Professional Journalists.
Recently, Emory completed the Fund for the Arts 2019 NeXt Ambassadors class as well as the Neighborhood Institute leadership program through the Center For Neighborhoods. In addition, Emory was honored with the 2019 Young Leaders award by Business First and the Young Professionals Association of Louisville.
Emory was born and raised in Louisville. He attended Eastern High School and earned a double B.S. in Sociology and Communication from the University of Louisville, where he was Editor in Chief of his college newspaper and founded an LGBTQ-rights group called Straight Against Hate.
His community involvement is extensive and includes previously/currently serving on boards with the National Alliance on Mental Illness — Louisville, Coalition for the Homeless, Centerstone, Louisville Youth Choir, and the Commonwealth Theatre Center. Emory's interest in human rights, social justice, and global relations has allowed him to study in Israel and work in Honduras, Morocco, Nepal, Peru, and Turkey.
Emory enjoys reading, writing, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and living in Downtown Louisville. He is deeply committed to mental health advocacy and hosts a podcast — "Two Nuts in a Pod" — that is available on podcast streaming services as well as WFMP 106.5 Forward Radio in Louisville.