Emily Howe joined the Think Dignity Staff in 2018, as Executive Director and Managing Attorney. As Executive Director she oversees the day-to-day management of Think Dignity, including the Transitional Storage Center, and is responsible for implementing the strategic plan through fundraising, advocacy, and program development. In her role as Managing Attorney she oversees the Legal Referral and Advocacy Clinic, the Know Your Rights campaign, and direct litigation programs.
In San Diego, Emily has been an advocate for underrepresented and low income populations. Her work has focused on civil rights’ advocacy, human rights, and sustainable, policy solutions for healthy communities.
Over the years, she has gained policy experience at the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, and British House of Commons. She has led rural community health programs with the U.S. Peace Corps in francophone West Africa. Her nonprofit work includes the Distinguished Lecture Series at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, Global Majority, and the Employee Rights Center.
Howe graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law, where she served on the Public Interest Law Foundation Board. She is co-chair of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s adoptee affinity network, and participates in the Honorable William B. Enright Chapter of the American Inns of Court, Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego, Lawyers Club, and Returned Peace Corps Associations. She holds bar admissions in California, Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia (inactive).
She is steadfastly dedicated to the mission of inspiring, empowering and organizing to advance basic dignity in our San Diego community.