Team Member

Emily Pickren

Emily Pickren

Communications Manager

Emily has left The Education Trust for her next adventure. Though she is no longer at Ed Trust, we maintain this bio page as a record of the wonderful work she contributed while with us.


With a decade of strategic communications experience, Emily manages Ed Trust’s outreach efforts to amplify the organization’s K-12 advocacy agenda. As communications manager, she uses both traditional and social media to draw attention to the gaps in opportunity and achievement that separate students of color and students from low-income families from their peers, and to the policy and practice solutions to close these gaps.

Prior to joining Ed Trust, Emily worked for the National League of Cities, where she managed communications for the organization’s Institute for Youth, Education, and Families. She worked to ensure that local elected officials had the necessary resources and tools to provide the young people in their communities with high-quality educational opportunities, both in and outside of the classroom. Before the National League of Cities, Emily worked as a communications consultant, helping federal agencies tell the stories behind their work and shed light on how public programs and services can make a difference in the lives of Americans from all walks of life.

Emily received her master’s degree from the University of Michigan in urban planning and her bachelor’s degree in anthropology and English from the University of Florida. She is originally from Gainesville, Florida, but has been in Washington, D.C., for over a decade and considers the city her adopted hometown.

Favorite Sports Team
Florida Gators

Why are you passionate about working at Ed Trust?
The world can be a big, scary place, but a good education makes it a little less so. It gives people the confidence to step out of their comfort zone and explore, not necessarily through travel but through reading, learning how to question the world around them and connect with people from different backgrounds. I love working with dedicated people who not only believe that all young people deserve the opportunities that a quality education can provide, but take action every day to make this a reality.