Emily Goulding grew up in a small, trilingual town in east Los Angeles County. Growing up, she knew that everybody had a story; the issue was just helping people understand it.

She wondered, what if we could use the power of story to cross bridges and help make our cities stronger, safer, and more serene places to live?

Today, Emily is a writing consultant and educator. She currently serves as a professional Writing Coach at Azusa Pacific University (APU)’s Writing Center, where she has worked with over 750 students ranging from undergraduates through doctoral students. Emily has also taught Writing 1 and Honors College rhetoric groups at APU and middle and high school students. She is the author of an educational play seen by 4,000 D.C. public school students, and also of a proprietary grantwriting workshop she’s given at 1776 and the Advocacy Project in Washington, DC. Emily is also the recipient of a Jessica Jennifer Cohen Foundation fellowship for international service learning with the Sao Paulo, Brazil office of Harvard University’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.

Prior to education, Emily spent over a decade writing for social impact. She has served as the primary grantwriter for the largest consortium of public service newsrooms in the U.S. as well as the nation’s largest producer and distributor of educational and informational Spanish-language media, whose daily and weekly radio programming reaches 13 million listeners every week. Grants Emily has written have fostered story-driven youth and community development from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. to four countries in Latin America.

In total, Emily has raised twelve million dollars from the nation’s top philanthropic institutions, ranging from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Ashoka Innovation Fund, the California Endowment, the Kresge Foundation, YCombinator, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and sixty other funders. A total of four client projects of hers have been recognized by the Obamas.  

Emily’s original essays,  reporting, and cultural criticism have been published by national wire services and by Harvard University and New York University journals. For five years, she ran her own blog, Castiza Notebooks, where she published over one hundred pieces on arts, culture, politics, gender, race and identity. Emily has spoken about the civic engagement of mixed-race youth on ABC News with Diane Sawyer and FOX News. (Emily is of mixed Irish and Nicaraguan descent.) She helped produce the Emmy-nominated joint MSNBC-Voto Latino television special Beyond Borders, has produced bipartisan press conferences on Capitol Hill, and helped generate coverage of youth-oriented media campaigns on CNN and in the Associated Press.

Emily holds a bachelors degree in Modern Literature from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and a masters degree in Journalism at Georgetown University. After ten years on the East Coast, Emily is now back in her hometown of Los Angeles. When she’s not working, Emily is busy raising her son Caetano and teaching her Freire-informed 4th/5th grade Sunday school classroom at All Saints Church, Pasadena.