Emily Pinkowitz, New York, NY

Director of Programs & Education, Wildlife Conservation Society

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Emily is the Director of Programs, Education at the Wildlife Conservation Society, where she manages the education programs at five city zoos, and spearheads a brand new citywide network for youth opportunities in STEM careers. Previously, as Director of Programs & Education at Friends of the High Line, she facilitated the launch of education programs and community engagement initiatives during the park’s first six years. She has worked as an educator and researcher at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, the Oakland Museum of California, the Queens Museum of Art, Four Freedoms Park, and the Exploratorium.  Her pedagogy has been informed by work in economic justice, and she is excited by the power of programming to build ownership and collaboration in cultural spaces.  She holds an MA in Museum Studies from NYU, where she was a Museum Studies Fellow and an American Alliance of Museums Diversity Fellow.  She is currently a Trustee-at-Large on the Board of the New York Museum Educators Roundtable, a member of Brooklyn Historical Society's George Hannah Society, and an Advisory Board Member for Colored Criticism.

  • Community organizing / civic engagement

  • Grantwriting

  • Storytelling/Public Speaking

  • Impact / outcome measurement

  • Other: Working with youth, Facilitating community input sessions


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