Executive Assistant to the President

Emma Zarriello

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When Emma went on a 20-minute rant about bipartisanship in response to a college interviewer asking, “What’s your favorite movie?” she knew she had a pretty serious—sometimes irrelevant—love for politics.

Emma grew up in a Vermont log cabin but ventured down South before attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead-Cain Scholar. Double-majoring in Political Science and Global Studies with a minor in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, she spent most of college explaining exactly what she was studying—but she also carved out time to serve as editor-in-chief of the university’s law journal and found a political debate society.

After interning with the Albright-Stonebridge Group in D.C., she dove into academic fundraising, holding positions in several development shops in North Carolina and Georgia. She had a brief stint as an environmental policy specialist with Hillary for America before returning to DC to work for Year Up National Capital Region—an organization aiming to close the economic opportunity divide.

When she’s not providing strategic support to the president at Third Way, Emma enjoys reminiscing over her environmental fieldwork in Brazil and Morocco—or (more likely) that time she went a summer without showering to kayak through Utah and Colorado. Her hobbies include testing new recipes, re-watching The Office, finding adventures to take on outdoors, and peddling her uncle’s homemade maple syrup to everyone she meets.