Emily Rhodes joined the CI-USA team as Administrative Coordinator in November 2021. She has worked for more than 15 years in nonprofit organizations, both in the U.S. and South Africa, covering a range of functions from office management to client service to program development.
She is excited to be part of the Congo Initiative team because of how the work and mission of CI resonate with her values. She appreciates how the voices of the people most impacted are centered as the organization is led by Congolese people for Congolese people. While CI is based on a foundation of education, it goes beyond that to promote transformational and systemic change through holistic leadership development. She also values its Christ-centered approach as the true source of flourishing for all people.
Emily holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Tufts University and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Justice and Advocacy from Fuller Theological Seminary. Originally from the Chicago area, she has lived in New Orleans for 13 years and is a member of St. Roch Community Church.