Emma O’Rourke-Powell

Co-Director of Summer Program

Emma is delighted to join the Girls Leadership summer team as the Director of Operations. Raised by a power-house of a mom, Emma was a feminist before she knew what the word meant. Upon graduation from Whitman College, Emma chose to work in higher-education in positions that allowed her to live out her passion: supporting young women in achieving leadership roles. She has worked in both academic- and student- affairs roles, in private and public institutions. In one of her favorite previous roles as a resident director for an all-women’s residence hall, Emma had the opportunity to work with a team of resident assistants to build a supportive, inclusive, and empowering community for young women on campus.  In 2017 Emma returned to school herself and is currently attending UC Davis in pursuit of her Master of Business Administration. Emma believes in the power of sisterhood and life long friendships: she’s been to five continents with one best friend, and has weekly dinners with another best friend she met when she was an infant.