Emily Lilley is a proud representative of East Tennessee, and believes all students should have the opportunity to attend an excellent school, no matter where they live. As Vice President of External Affairs, Emily leads TCSC's communication and external partnership efforts, managing the team's work in stakeholder and supporter engagement, development, and communications. Prior to this role, Emily served as TCSC's Director of Government Relations, leading the organization's efforts to develop and advocate for policies supporting a public charter school sector focused on quality. In her seven years with TCSC, the policy team saw wins including the defeat of all negative legislation regarding public charter schools, the establishment of a state facilities grant fund for public charter schools, establishment of a statewide appellate charter school authorizer, and strengthening of policies that ensure public charter schools are held accountable equitably. Emily's ongoing work at TCSC serves to continue to increase understanding about public charter schools in Tennessee and build productive relationships with stakeholders, supporters, and policy makers across the state.
After graduating with a teaching degree, Emily taught in Atlanta, followed by several years working as an editor in her hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee. A 2012 stint as the communications director for a successful congressional re-election campaign in Georgia led her to return to Tennessee to work in education policy and advocacy.
Emily has a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and History from Auburn University and a Master of Arts degree in Communication from Johns Hopkins University. In her spare time, Emily enjoys reading and sharing new fiction @thebookandcover, trying new cocktail recipes, and playing with her miniature dachshund, Bertram.
Emily [at] tnchartercenter [dot] org