Emily Wengrovius is currently serving as a County Liaison for the Colorado Department of Human Services. Her position is often described as the broker between the state agency and counties, providing support and resources to local partners, counties and tribes. Colorado is one of several states where human services eligibility and benefit determinations are conducted by local county human services offices. Emily plays a vital role in building and maintaining a robust state-county partnership , ensuring eligible Coloradans receive the right services as the right time. Prior to serving as County Liaison, Emily was the Senior Policy Specialist for NCSL’s Human Services and Welfare Committee. She conducted NCSL lobbying and policy activities on federal safety-net programs, including TANF, child welfare, hunger/nutrition programs (SNAP, child nutrition), child care, child support enforcement, refugees, and immigration before Congress and the administration. Prior to working at NCSL, Emily was a policy analyst for the American Public Human Services Association whose membership includes the state health and human service commissioners. Emily received her M.S. in Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania and her B.A. from Sewanee, the University of the South. Emily has lived abroad both as an adult in the Balkans working with the United Nations and as preschooler in Malawi, Africa.
“The MSSP Program gave me the tools and confidence to pursue a career in international development/policy work. I am grateful for the time my professors invested in me and for the relationships I developed through my time at SP2 and beyond.”