Emily Tracy

Emily K. Tracy is a fundraising strategist with extensive experience serving mission-driven advocacy organizations in the equality, health and human services, environmental and higher education sectors. Her approach is focused on relationship building, strong partnerships and a donor-centered fundraising culture. In her role as Chief Development Officer at Polaris, Emily oversees planning, execution and growth of the organization’s revenue, including foundation, corporate, government and individual support. She has diversified and expanded the revenue base to support the organization’s programs and mission.

Prior to joining Polaris, Emily was the National Director of Development at NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She was the architect driving the individual giving program, which raised the majority of the organization’s budget. Emily’s vision for growing support doubled revenue from individuals during her nearly five year tenure. She crafted strategies that resulted in multiple seven figure gifts while also bringing to scale the direct mail and annual fund programs. She has also worked in the higher education sector to secure support from graduate and law school alumni. Emily served as Director of Development at PROVAIL, one of the largest multiservice agencies in Washington state, that provides life opportunities for people living with disabilities. Earlier in her career, Emily directed the foundation relations team at the Center for Food Safety and Oceana.

Emily’s commitment to social justice and human rights attracted her to Polaris to help end modern day slavery. She holds an MS from Marymount University a BA from The George Washington University.

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