Emma Vadehra Interviewed by Robert Sterling Clark Foundation – Next100
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Emma Vadehra Interviewed by Robert Sterling Clark Foundation

Emma shares about her background and Next100's work to change the policy sector.

The Robert Sterling Clark Foundation’s Elisabeth Rapport interviewed Next100 executive director Emma Vadehra for the Foundation’s Getting to Know You series. The interview touches on Emma’s background, Next100’s work to reimagine who makes policy and how it gets made, and how the philanthropic sector can alter how it funds policy projects and organizations. Emma says:

“To play their part in transforming the policy sector, policy funders need to be willing to change that up and invest in leadership development in the policy space: look for opportunities to support different types of people, with different types of experiences, who bring different ways of thinking to public policy work. Funders have to be willing to invest in people who may not have all the skills or connections on day one; but who if they are supported, can bring those skills and others to develop a stronger sector overall, with different forms of experience and expertise. They should recognize that growing new leaders, investing in talent development on a routine basis, is a core part of supporting a robust policy ecosystem.”


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Emma Vadehra Education + Early Years

Emma Vadehra was the founder and former executive director of Next100. She previously served as chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Education under Secretaries Arne Duncan and John B. King, Jr. and as senior education counsel for the late senator Edward M. Kennedy. She is an education policy wonk, an advocate for progressive policy change, and a believer in the next generation.

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