Emily Smizer
Project Coordinator


Bachelor of Arts, Linguistic Anthropology and Latin American & Latino Studies
Brandeis University

Semester of Study
Multiculturalism, Globalization,
and Social Change

School for International Training
(Cochabamba, Bolivia)

About Emily

Emily is a project coordinator for CompassPoint and is a key team member in ensuring that participants in our Cohort Leadership Programs have transformative learning experiences. She loves both working behind the scenes and connecting directly with nonprofit leaders to ensure that their learning experiences with CompassPoint help them to further their goals of equity and justice.

Before joining the CompassPoint team, Emily worked for BRIDGE Housing, a nonprofit affordable housing developer in San Francisco, where she supported the compliance team in project management and annual reporting. She also holds many years of team leadership experience, both in a professional capacity as well as through volunteer work as the coordinator of the Queer Resource Center at Brandeis University. Through these roles, she also discovered her love for training and capacity building. 

Emily is particularly passionate about prison abolition and prisoner rights. Having been connected (through Black & Pink) to an incarcerated pen-pal for several years, she supports various national prison abolition organizations and encourages folks to reconsider the role of prisons in society.

Emily grew up on the East Coast, loves eating ice cream (which she also makes in her spare time), and enjoys swimming in the ocean. She loves to visit her family and at the same time is quite happy to live in a city that does not experience winter.