Emily is a donor-activist engaged in promoting human equality, justice, and peace around the world. She is particularly passionate and engaged in the nexus of faith, gender, and development and working to mobilize our faith traditions to more fully and unambiguously embrace gender equality. In her role at the Imago Dei Fund, Emily has helped the foundation adopt a “gender-lens” in its grantmaking with a particular focus on partnering with inspired female change agents, locally and around the world, to build bridges of peace and create a world where girls and women can thrive and achieve their full human potential.
Emily is actively engaged in the women-led philanthropy movement, and is the author of numerous articles. She is the recipient of the Christians for Biblical Equality 2013 Micah Award and was named a 2014 Women’s eNews “21 Leaders of the 21st Century” honoree.
Emily serves on the boards of Women Thrive, New England International Donor Network, Girl Rising, Union Theological Seminary, and Nomi Network Campaign Leaders Council, and is a member of Sojourners Founders’ Circle.
Emily has a BA in Government from Dartmouth College and a Master’s in Educational Policy from Boston University. She also completed the Selah Certificate Program in Spiritual Direction.
Articles by Emily Nielsen Jones
Band of Brothers: The Very Young, Very Male Face of Boston’s Church Planting Movement Mission Alliance
Belief Based Social Innovation: Gender Lens’ Next Frontier Stanford Social Innovation Review
Glimpsing “Adam”: Faith-Based Family Values and Social Change Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs
Glimpsing Eve Christians for Biblical Equality
Gender-Balancing Our Institutions Evangelicals for Social Action
An Interview with Emily Jones Gordon College
Gender Balancing Our World: What Can You Do? Sojourner’s Blog
Peering Under Our Collective Burqua
Gender Lens Holiday Giving
A Plea to My Millennial Sisters*: Keep Ringing the Bell To Keep the Doors From Swinging Backwards for Your Daughters & Theirs… (* & brothers) Women Moving Millions
The Circle of Women’s Philanthropy and The Susu: What Goes Around Comes Around Philanthropy Women
I’m With Her: Reboarding the Feminist Train to Build Local and Global Sisterhood Philanthropy Women
Philanthropy vs. Patriarchy: Emily Nielsen Jones and the Fight On Faith Inside Philanthropy
A New Approach to Gender-Lens Grantmaking Standford Social Innovation Review