Jill Pearson-Wood is the Director of Development & Communications at EMERGE. In that role, she provides strategic direction and leadership to the Development, Data & Evaluation and Communication teams. She has 20 years of experience in fundraising, marketing and communications in nonprofit and higher education organizations. Jill started her career as a newspaper reporter covering education, city and county government for newspapers in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Jill has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Minnesota State-Mankato and a Mini-MBA from the University of St. Thomas. She has a passion for connecting volunteers, donors and the general public to work that addresses social and racial justice issues.