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December 10, 2016 at 9:18 am

Devoted to Public Service, Alum Works on Housing Insecurity in Ohio

Emily Lundgard

Emily Lundgard

Cleveland Business Connects writes about Ohio University alum Emily Lundgard ’07, ’08MPA and her commitment to public service in an article headlined “Nonprofit Profile: Emily Lundgard.”

She double majored in Political Science and History and also earned an Master of Public Administration from the College of Arts & Sciences at Ohio University.

Many people claim that they’ve had a life-long commitment to public service, but for Emily Lundgard, state and local policy director for Enterprise Community Partners Ohio, it’s true.

As early as age 9, Lundgard recognized that she wanted to devote her life to public servitude.

“I had always been interested in politics and public service, even from an early age in grade school. I had a passion for understanding the world around me and using my voice,” Lundgard says. “I also quickly developed into a feminist. When I was in the fourth grade, my mom ran a marathon, after having four kids, no less, and I made a support poster that read, ‘I am woman, hear me roar.’ My mindset, even at 9 years old, reflected feminism. I channeled my energies into advocacy and campaign work ever since.”

As state and local policy director, Lundgard advocates for policy and programs that will eliminate housing insecurity and provide opportunity for low-income families in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, and the state of Ohio….

Lundgard grew up in Dayton and attended Ohio University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree, majoring in political science and history, and went on to earn a master’s degree in public administration. “In college, I began exploring a way to get a start in politics,” she says. “I didn’t have any connections or a fancy family name, but I worked hard. Through a professor, I was recommended for my first political internship in the Governor’s Office of Appalachia in Columbus. Before graduate school, I connected with Governor Strickland’s State of Ohio office in Washington D.C.”

Read the rest in Cleveland Business Connects.



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