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Emily Norton - Charles River Watershed Association

Emily Norton

Executive Director
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Emily joined CRWA as Executive Director in August 2018.  She previously served as Massachusetts Chapter Director for the Sierra Club where she focused on advocating for stronger renewable energy policies at the state and local level.  Prior to that she spent ten years as a research and communications consultant to groups such as Conservation Law Foundation, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, Environmental Defense Fund and the US EPA ENERGY STAR Program. Emily also spent several years working in politics as a fundraiser for the Democratic Leadership Council in Washington, D.C. and as Finance Director for a Congressional campaign on Cape Cod.

Emily serves as an elected City Councilor in her hometown of Newton, where she is a member of the Finance Committee and the Public Safety and Transportation Committee. Some of her local victories include a citywide ban on plastic bags, restrictions on the use of polluting leaf blowers, and changing the name from the outdated and sexist term “Alderman” to “City Councilor." In her City Council role Emily serves on the Massachusetts Municipal Association Environmental Policy Committee.

Emily holds a BA in philosophy from the University of Vermont and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.

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