Emily Rader

Public Policy Officer

Emily Rader is driven by a deep commitment to equity and community. She considers herself a lifelong learner and seeks opportunities to authentically connect with those around her. Emily believes that we learn a great deal about others by listening to their stories. For her, exercising deep listening and elevating community voice is essential to building a world marked by more equity, mutuality and reciprocity.

To that end, before she joined The Colorado Health Foundation, Emily worked alongside refugee and immigrant community members in Aurora to help them harness their own power and use their voices to create positive change. She was drawn to the Foundation because our rallying cry and cornerstones align with her own beliefs and passions. She is excited to support the Foundation’s strategic policy efforts to bring health and well-being in reach for all Coloradans, particularly those communities that are disproportionately harmed by systemic inequities.

Emily is additionally committed to doing her part to address the climate crisis and is a member of the City and County of Denver’s Climate Action, Sustainability and Resiliency Environmental Justice Steering Committee. When she is not working, she enjoys traveling, all things WNBA/NBA/USWNT Soccer and spending time outdoors at one of Colorado’s many natural attractions. For Emily, unwinding often means hiking on a remote trail while listening to an audiobook or one of her favorite podcasts, like Meghan Markle’s Archetypes.


  • MA in International Human Rights from University of Denver
  • BA in Criminal Justice and Political Science from Saginaw Valley State University
  • Certificate in Sustainable Community Development from Colorado State University & Village Earth
“I want to be a part of anything that moves the world to becoming a more equitable, sustainable and inclusive place. That is the heartbeat of why I do what I do.”
Emily Rader
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