Emily Hurst


Emily is an experienced project leader who has led successful growth initiatives in multiple social change organizations in Philadelphia and abroad. She is passionate about leading teams to make and implement strategic decisions within the complex and changing environments in which they operate. At Bloom, she manages client services by coordinating planning, conducting research, co-facilitating planning sessions, and developing project deliverables. She is dedicated to guiding thoughtful planning processes and identifying resources to help organizations achieve long-term sustainability and impact. 

Previously, Emily served as Director of Development for the Byerschool Foundation, where she spearheaded fundraising, strategic planning, communications, and external relations to support the students, families, and teachers at the Russell Byers Charter School (RBCS). Continuing her support of RBCS in her current capacity at Bloom, Emily played a critical role in the six-year process to successfully secure a new charter by driving advocacy, planning, and crafting and defending the application. Additionally, she spent two years working in Guatemala City developing social entrepreneurship initiatives for women through the NGO Safe Passage/Camino Seguro. In her role as Social Entrepreneurship Program Manager, she principally focused on building internal capacity, securing seed capital, and expanding the recycled jewelry-making collective, CREAMOS. Emily originally landed in Philadelphia as a staffer on the 2008 Obama campaign and fell in love with the city she now proudly calls her home. 

Emily earned a BA in Government & Legal Studies and Spanish from Bowdoin College. She contributes actively to her community, and serves on the Mental Health Partnerships (MHP) Board of Directors, chairing the Philanthropy & Marketing Committee and supporting leadership in local- and state-level advocacy. Most recently, she partnered with MHP colleagues in a board development planning process to create a high-performing, strategically composed, and engaged board to effectively support the work of this remarkable organization. Passionate about politics and policy, Emily serves as the treasurer of a progressive PAC and a local campaign, as well as and a member of PhillyCORE Leaders.