Emily is a scientist and educator, who is passionate about science communication, and using scientific understanding as a mechanism to empower decision-makers at local, state and global levels. A 2017 NOAA Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy fellow and a member of the staff of the Oceanographer of the Navy, she worked on marine, climate and Arctic security and policy. She has first-hand knowledge of remote communities in the Arctic, Africa and the central Pacific Ocean, who are disproportionately affected by impacts of climate change.
Emily is interested in the impact of climate and environmental changes on societies. Through this lens, and that of an educator, coach and athlete, Emily believes that empowering women and girls is a key to advancing peace and security on a global scale. She became aware of Rockflower through Youth Advisory Board members Francesca and Lulu Ward. She is grateful and thrilled to partner with Rockflower to promote the Five Keys and support the S.O.U.L. Foundation Deliver With Dignity Campaign!
When not contemplating the consequences of environmental change, Emily can be found trying to keep up with Taylor, hiking, skiing, cycling and rowing, and spending time with their wonderful family, friends and yellow lab, Morgan. She and Taylor are honored to begin a partnership with Rockflower in celebration of their wedding.
Taylor is high school mathematics teacher who in his work in boarding schools strives to empower young people as students, athletes, and members of their community. His passion for this work stems from the opportunity to get to know his students as multifaceted individuals and work with them at a time when they are figuring out who they are and how they want to impact the world. Oftentimes, people speak of teachers who inspire their students, but Taylor is attracted to teaching as much for the opportunity to be energized by his students’ passions. In fact, it was his work with two of his former students and current Youth Advisory Board members - Francesca and Lulu Ward - who inspired his interest in Rockflower.
Having had the opportunity to work with dynamic and inspiring young women in his career, Taylor is convinced that investing in and empowering young women and girls is the key to the future. Taylor and his fiance, Emily, are excited to partner with Rockflower to promote the Five Keys and support the S.O.U.L. Foundation Deliver With Dignity Campaign.
Beyond teaching, Taylor is most interested in exploring the outdoors in any form with Emily and their yellow lab, Morgan. He can most often be found running, rowing, cycling, or hiking. Taylor and Emily are honored to begin a partnership with Rockflower in celebration of their upcoming wedding.