Director of Development and External Affairs

Emily Sternfeld

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Everyone remembers their first concert. Emily was only 10 years old when she saw the Rolling Stones in her hometown, Philadelphia, at the now demolished Veterans Stadium. From an early age, she learned that “you can’t always get what you want” and after a few years in DC concluded that it’s through compromise and fresh thinking that you get what you need.

As Director of Development and External Affairs, Emily develops relationships with stakeholders from the policy and business communities to move Third Way’s ideas forward in the national debate. She joined Third Way in 2013 and helps to oversee the implementation of the organization’s strategic goals.

From her high school days interning at her congressman’s district office, Emily had a strong interest in the way the public and private sectors interact to produce economic growth. This passion was cultivated at Trinity College, where she earned a BA in Public Policy and Law, and further developed at The George Washington University School of Business, where she received her MBA.

Prior to coming to Third Way, Emily focused on international trade and tax policy at the National Association of Manufacturers. She worked to lower barriers for American exports and spur job creation in the U.S. Emily started her career working directly with Fortune 500 companies to help them solve problems and improve performance at Hitachi Consulting, and later provided strategic communications counsel in the Boston area at Greenough Communications.

Emily remains a Stones fan to this day and enjoys catching other shows at the many music venues around D.C. (even on a school night). 

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