We’re kicking off the new year with an announcement that Emily Blackledge has been promoted from within by the Board of Directors and will now serve as the organization’s new President.
Blackledge most recently served as the Vice President of International Program. She has been part of the staff since 2010 and involved with the organization since 2005. Originally from Boulder, Colorado, she completed her undergraduate degree in International Political Economy at Belmont University, then spent time in Washington DC working with the President’s Initiative for Workforce Development. Blackledge received her Master’s degree in International Relations and African Studies from Boston University before returning to Nashville in 2008. She has taught international development and international politics at Belmont University and was the Sam Walton Fellow in charge of international projects for the Belmont chapter of ENACTUS before joining African Leadership in 2010. Emily and her husband Rob live in Nashville with their son Fletcher.
“Emily has played an integral role in our international operations since 2010, and the Board and I are confident in her leadership capabilities. We look forward to working with her in this capacity,” says Chairman of the Board Jerry Heffel, formerly the President of The Southwestern Company.
“My previous role allowed me to travel and see first hand the great impact African Leadership is having in communities across Africa. My new role will allow me to share those stories even more here at home, to tell more people about the very real impact of their everyday generosity – something I’ve seen and experienced up close the past several years. I couldn’t be more excited about that going forward,” says Blackledge.
On Wednesday, January 25, 2017, we will host an Open House at our office in Brentwood. The public is invited and encouraged to come meet Emily and learn more about the future of the organization.
Donuts & Mochas Open House
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 • 7:30am – 9:30am
500 Wilson Pike Circle, Suite 117Brentwood, TN 37027