With a guiding passion for projects that create systemic and inclusive change, Emily Newman has dedicated her career to developing and funding solutions that empower resilient communities to achieve positive life outcomes. Widely recognized for her strategic work in developing, counseling and scaling field-leading nonprofit organizations led by a fresh generation of innovative philanthropists, Newman’s accomplishments include an impressive list of initiatives that have set out to deliver upon the promise of equity, inclusion, and access for communities nationwide.
As the Executive Director of Camber Outdoors and a founding member of Beechwood Partners, Inc., a social-impact consultancy with a proven record in designing corporate and community-based strategies that bring about systematic and inclusive change, Newman began her career working on the TWA Flight #800 response with the American Red Cross. Her drive and dedication to the work led to an invitation to co-lead a project that would become a model for “thinking differently” about inclusive services and provision of support for communities across New York City. Later, as COO of Chrysalis, she oversaw multi-site implementation of programs including a forward-thinking commercial/social enterprise that served as an on-ramp to employment thousands of individuals across three locations in Los Angeles County.
In 2005, Newman founded Beechwood Partners, Inc. to enhance the vision, strategy, operational systems and teams for philanthropic clients across the country. In her practice she has developed extensive experience in a direction-setting role, working with international caliber corporate and private foundation boards. She architected a widely recognized Tribal Government charitable program in California and developed a team to strategically invest a portfolio of community grants while thoughtfully balancing obligations rooted in gaming licensure. And she was also involved in developing a corporate philanthropic investment strategy that supported the successful re-launch of the economic development of downtown Los Angeles around the Staples Center.
In 2016, Newman was honored to serve as an interim executive to transition President Obama’s ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ program into the Obama Foundation, working closely with the Board of Directors, comprising national and global business leaders, to deeply engage government, corporate and community leaders in cities across the United States in the shared goals of equity and inclusion for boys and young men of color.
Newman’s commitment to positively impacting her community extends beyond her practice. She volunteers her time with local nonprofit boards and has been a frequent lecturer on Best Practices in Nonprofit Management and Change Leadership at California State University, the Graduate School of Management at Antioch University. In addition, her work has been featured in a variety of national publications, including the New York Times, Vanity Fair and The Chronicle of Philanthropy.
A graduate of Barnard College at Columbia University and the New School for Social Research, Newman has been the recipient of the P.F. Bresee Foundation’s “Nehemiah Award” for community-building, the “40 Under 40 Award,” and was named a “Next Generation Leader” by the Los Angeles Downtown News.