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Emily R. Sutcliffe, MS’11

  • Assistant Director, Toll Public Interest Center, Penn Law & Doctoral Student at Penn’s Graduate School of Education

Emily R. Sutcliffe is Assistant Director of the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Toll Public Interest Center. She oversees Penn Law’s Pro Bono Program by helping students foster meaningful service experiences while ensuring compliance with the Law School’s pro bono requirement. As a strong proponent of knowledge sharing and impactful collaboration, Emily focuses on nurturing existing intra-University and community partnerships and fostering new ones. Prior to joining Penn Law, Emily worked in refugee resettlement at Nationalities Service Center and served as a nonprofit consultant for the Mayor’s Office of Faith-Based Initiatives. Emily has traveled and lived abroad extensively- most recently in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia where she taught English to members of the Saudi royal family. In addition to her work at Penn Law, Emily is a doctoral student in Educational Leadership at Penn’s Graduate School of Education. Emily’s research interests include: The impact of a home country’s large scale change on diaspora populations and the role of travel in education. Emily has an MS in Nonprofit & NGO Leadership from Penn’s School of Social Policy and Practice, where she was recipient of the Emerging Leader Award. She graduated with honors from Southern New Hampshire University with a BA in English Language and Literature. Emily is co-chair of the Nonprofit Leadership Alumni Association and was previously chair of the Social Impact Committee of Madrasati Montessori School of Riyadh.

“I utilize skills gained in the NPL program on a daily basis – both personally and professionally. The NPL program helped me to access an invaluable and unconventional understanding of action-based leadership. This unique approach to leadership is greatly appreciated in my work place where I am frequently called upon to provide innovative perspectives and counter-hegemonic methods for addressing long-standing challenges.”

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