Emily Minster Leadership Portfolio

School of Public Affairs Leadership Program, American University

About Me

Emily Minster (she/her) is a member of American University’s Class of 2023 where she is seeking an interdisciplinary degree in Communications, Law, Economics, and Government. She is also pursuing certificates in Community Based Research Certificate and Advanced Leadership Studies. Additionally, she is a member of the Community Based Research Scholars living learning community, an honors program that focuses on working within local communities and emphasizes community based learning through meaningful service and volunteer opportunities, through which she had the opportunity to volunteer with the Central American Resource Center. Within the School of Public Affairs Leadership Program, she was a TA for a group of first-year students, leading them in developing research and a social action project surrounding the ramifications of the politicization of immigration.

Off campus, Emily has experience interning and working with congressional offices, advocacy organizations, and campaign committees at different levels to elect progressive leaders, communicate with different groups and coalitions, and learn about the legislative and political processes. She currently interns for Senator Elizabeth Warren, working on the press team in the office.

Originally from the North Shore of Massachusetts, Emily attended Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School where she was passionate about politics and the law. She served as captain of the mock trial team and led them to their first regional victory, paving way for them to compete at the state competition. She also was a member of the Next Generation League of Women Voters where she worked with the organization to increase civic engagement in the local high school and middle school as well as host informational and educational events for students and adults of all ages.

From an early age, Emily has been passionate about the democratic process and political accessibility, volunteering on her first congressional campaign in 2014 and subsequently working on campaigns and issues that focus specifically on women’s rights and voter engagement. She hopes to use these experiences to serve her community at the federal level, champion policies that amplify marginalized voices, and outreach and communicate with groups that are not traditionally brought into political conversations.