Emily Welch-Smith, Project Assistant, supports the firm’s consultants and clients in the areas of strategic communications, higher education, arts and culture, and independent schools. Prior to joining GG+A, Emily worked as a development and marketing intern at Springbrook, a nonprofit organization in Oneonta, NY serving children with developmental disabilities. Emily helped further the organization’s mission to provide learning opportunities and maximize student potential by researching and writing grant proposals and social media posts, editing the newsletter and participating in the development of fundraising events.
Emily gained experience in the civil service and philanthropy sectors by creating a nonprofit organization in 2013 – Paws for Unseen Disabilities, which assists in fundraising efforts to purchase or train service dogs for individuals with unapparent disabilities. Emily worked to determine the direction of the organization by drafting the bylaws and mission statement, securing the organization’s tax-exempt status, and planning and executing fundraising efforts until 2016. During this time, Emily also served consecutively as an intern at several organizations, including the Indiana State Museum, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, and the Indiana Medical History Museum.
During her academic tenure, Emily contributed to a number of initiatives, including serving as the class co-leader of the finance and facilities committee for the Museum of Political Corruption Feasibility Study; and as the logistics committee leader and special activities team member for the Cooperstown Graduate Program “Snowed-in-Soiree” fundraising campaign. She also held the position of team leader for the marketing audit of the Otsego County Conservation Association.
Emily earned a M.A. in History Museum Studies from State University of New York, Oneonta – Cooperstown Graduate Program and a B.A. in History and Anthropology from Butler University.