Emily Futcher

Social Impact Fellow

Cross-sector collaborator. Transportation nerd. Problem solver. Outdoors and adventure junkie. Optimist.

Emily joins Third Plateau as a graduate student at the University of Michigan pursuing a dual degree in public policy and business. She is passionate about public private partnerships and understanding how sectors can work together to address pressing social challenges.

Prior to graduate school, Emily worked at the U.S. Department of Transportation Volpe Center in Cambridge, MA where she supported program evaluations, cost-benefit analyses, strategic planning, and capacity building projects. In particular, Emily focused on measuring the impact of federal research and technology investments and highway safety programs.

At graduate school, Emily has continued to pursue her passion for multi-sector collaboration. She recently worked with Ford Motor Company to research factors, including regulatory and private market considerations, that affect electric vehicle and charging station adoption in the US and Canada. Emily is also currently working with a team, through the Dow Sustainability Fellowship Program, to develop a business plan and benefit distribution model for community-owned renewables in the Traverse City, MI area. The goal of this project is to develop a replicable model that allows for the financial benefits generated by renewables to be distributed back into the communities in which those renewable sources reside.

Emily holds a B.S. in Policy Analysis and Management from Cornell University. She spends her free time running, playing badminton, travelling, and reading about the newest transportation innovations. A Boston native, Emily can also be caught watching the New England Patriots and Michigan Football in the fall… Go Blue!