Meet Emily Goldman, a freelancer for human rights & climate change

Oct 20, 2015 11:08:49 AM

Emily Goldman, cove member

Need to get over your procrastination and get down to work? Emily Goldman, a freelancer focusing on human rights, indigenous rights, and climate change, says just don't procrastinate.

"I don't really procrastinate,” she said. “I know if I put off that project I don't want to do, it's just going to be sitting there waiting for me in the end.”

As someone who is self-employed, Emily knows about doing those tasks you're not thrilled about.

"Anything administrative, like invoicing, I send those off right away just to get it over with.”

Instead, Emily would rather be focused on her work. As a fluent Spanish speaker, Emily does translation work for nonprofits and NGOs, largely focusing on issues in Latin America. By producing training guides on important processes such as fundraising and grant writing, she has the opportunity to work for various organizations and have a hand in a number of different causes.

Her desire to work for the betterment of others stems from her spending much of her childhood with her parents in Costa Rica, where she lived from ages 3 to 8, while they served as Peace Corps volunteers.

“The Peace Corps used to have a program where you could volunteer as family. My mother taught English at the Universidad de Costa Rica, and my father worked as a planner for the Costa Rican National Park Service, then taught geography of Central America at the Universidad Nacional de Heredia,” she said. “From that early experience we learned to respect and be interested in others' cultures—why people do what they do. My specific interest in land use I learned from my father and experience in Peace Corps.”

Between earning her bachelor’s degree from Emory and a master’s from the University of Florida, both in anthropology, Emily continued her family’s tradition of service as Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras, where she worked to restore one of the country’s major exports—honey.

“Due to a change in the type of bee inhabiting the country, Honduras had gone from one of the largest exporters of honey to having to import it. We worked with honey producers on how to best handle the so-called ‘killer bees’, so they could restore the country’s honey supply while providing critical income to very poor farmers,” Emily explained.  

Though she spent significant time abroad, Emily still calls DC home. Now an Adams Morgan resident, her favorite neighborhood is Eastern Market, where her parents had a house while she was growing up.

“We lived in the Lincoln Park area of Capitol Hill, and it’s one of the few DC neighborhoods that hasn’t changed a lot. It holds a lot of nostalgia for me,” she said.

In her spare time, Emily loves running and hiking, and walking around the District and exploring new neighborhoods. Her perfect productive day? “Working from home in the morning, going for a run, stopping by cove in the afternoon, and then meeting up with friends.” It's no wonder she has no time for procrastination.

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Katie Kaufman

Written by Katie Kaufman

Katie joined cove's team in August 2014 as the DC community lead. When not chatting with cove's awesome members, she loves cooking, traveling, and hiking with her pup.