Girasol Consulting is Emily's social impact practice.

Girasol is the Spanish world for sunflower. The full origin phrase is girar el sol - to go around the sun.

Girasoles grow wild here in California. They grow everywhere, from the hills of the Arroyo Seco to small cracks in the concrete. Doggedly following the sun, they grow in times of rain and in times of drought. They are persistent, plucky, and beautiful.

I believe in following and amplifying the good. Since 2013, my company Girasol Consulting has helped the types of social start ups that define Californian innovation bloom and thrive. To date, I’ve worked with 26 clients ranging from award-winning NGOs to social entrepreneurs, journalists and news technologists advancing socially conscious storytelling and learning.

Shared Studios, a Girasol Consulting client

Shared Studios, a Girasol Consulting client

Innovation needs cultivation. Centering equity, empathy in storytelling and learning is possible,
but it needs funding, care, and cross pollination to make it happen.


     Track Record

Private Foundations: 
Ashoka Innovation Fund
Audubon Society
California Endowment
Driehaus Foundation
Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Jonathan Logan Family Foundation
Joseph Drown Foundation
Kapor Center for Social Impact
Kresge Foundation
Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
Meyer Foundation
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
Marpat Foundation
National Performance Network
Nature Conservancy
New York Community Trust
Puffin Foundation
Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
Riordan Foundation
Robert R. McCormick Foundation
Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
Schubert Foundation
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Stanley and Joyce Black Family Foundation
Theodore H. Barth Foundation
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Wyss Foundation
Y Combinator

Public agencies: 
California State Parks Foundation
Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation
DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
DC Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs
Department of Health & Human Services
Department of Justice
Department of State
Environmental Defense Fund
Federal Communications Commission
Humanities Council of Washington, DC
Inter-American Development Bank
LA County Department of Arts and Culture
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor Hilda Solis
National Endowment for the Arts
National Parks Conservation Association
National Park Service
National Science Foundation
Save the Redwoods League
Southern California Edison
Southern California Gas Company
Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
The Wilderness Society
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
West Basin Municipal Water District
World Bank Community Connections Campaign

BB & T
Freddie Mac
Louis Vuitton  
M & T Bank
State Farm
US Bank
Wells Fargo

Emily has also managed grant reporting for: 

California Community Foundation
Democracy Fund
Ford Foundation
MacArthur Foundation
New York Department of Cultural Affairs
Open Society Foundations


K-12 & Higher Education

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Non-profits & Social Enterprise

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Emily has also served on grant review panels. She selected to be just one of five people nationally to serve on the fall 2017 grants panel of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Folk and Traditional arts grants program.

While working at UVa, Emily also served on the Future Fund of the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation.