Emma Puka-Beals first joined NEC as an Intern in the fall of 2012, where she worked on the development and administration of the first iteration of NEC’s Regranting Program (then NEC’s Campus Network Program). As a part-time Organizer with the Regranting Program, Emma supported student-led new economy summits across the US and Canada through the spring and summer of 2013. Emma then took on the role of Manager of NEC’s 2014 conference, CommonBound: Moving Together Towards a New Economy. Emma now works as NEC’s Development Associate, focusing on grant writing, administration, and events.
Prior to joining NEC, Emma attended Mount Holyoke College where she studied Environmental Studies/Sustainable Development, tracked the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development Rio+20 negotiations, and worked with Oxfam America, Heifer International and the Small Planet Institute. Emma was a camp counselor too, and will probably always be a camp counselor at heart.
Emma lives with her three best friends and her three adorable but illegitimate pet guinea pigs, and spends her free time singing and playing the guitar with her developing folk band.