Emy Brawley

Emy Brawley serves as Vice President of Conservation for Openlands, managing the land protection, restoration, and stewardship programs for the organization, and leading the formulation, coordination, and accomplishment of conservation projects of significance across the region. She also provides technical assistance on open space strategies to local governments, park districts, forest preserve districts, and conservation districts. Current projects focus on building out the Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge and connecting the regional food system to farmland protection and a broader conservation agenda.  Prior to joining Openlands in 2008, she worked in local government and in private legal practice in Colorado.  Emy currently serves as Past President of the Prairie State Conservation Coalition, the statewide coalition of Illinois land trusts; and chairs the Sustainability Committee for the Cook County Land Bank Authority.


  • B.A., Political Science, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • J.D., University of Colorado, Boulder

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