Emily Pelton

Deputy Director, Communications and Development

Emily Pelton serves as the Deputy Director, Communications and Development at The Task Force, where she leads individual, major gift and other fundraising and collaborates on general program fundraising. She has 30 years of experience in the public and nonprofit sectors, including leadership of non-profit organizations, fundraising, strategy and advocacy.

Emily has served as the Executive Director of two local non-profits, including Voices for Georgia’s Children, where she served on the Governor’s Council for Children. She also led Refugee Family Services, an organization founded to serve the unique needs of refugee women and families, where she was appointed to the Mayoral Welcoming Atlanta Committee. While there, she co-led a merger to establish New American Pathways in 2014, a successful organization that continues to provide comprehensive services to Georgia refugees.

Emily served as Vice President of Development for the NPR/PBS Atlanta affiliate WABE during 2020-2022, where she oversaw foundation fundraising, individual giving, membership services, and on-air funding. Emily also has held a variety of roles at the global humanitarian organization CARE, including Director of Foundation Fundraising, Director of Policy Analysis and Senior Director of Strategy of the Public Policy Department.

Emily raised more than $25 million during her time at CARE and crafted policies adopted by CARE at the global level. Earlier in her career, Emily served in the Executive Office of the President, first at the Office of Management and Budget and then as a Senior Policy Advisor to the President’s Science and Technology Policy Advisor.

Emily received her B.A. with a double major in Physics and Soviet Studies from Cornell University and her M.P.A. with an International Affairs concentration from the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

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