Emily Brenner, M.P.A.

Program Associate

Contact Emily about courses for grantmakers and donors.

Emily is available to help arrange a custom course of The Grantmaking School, answer questions about open courses, or set up institutional subscriptions for LearnPhilanthropy Academy.


Emily Brenner joined the Johnson Center in early 2018 and currently serves as a program associate. In this role, she assists the learning services team in providing professional development opportunities for the philanthropic sector. Emily’s primary responsibilities include the management and production of courses for The Grantmaking School, as well as assisting with other workshops and webinars. She also helped execute Track 1 of LearnPhilanthropy Academy and works on many other projects within the Johnson Center.

Emily joined the Johnson Center as a student assistant and transitioned into her current position in 2019. She earned a Master of Public Administration degree with an emphasis in nonprofit management and leadership, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in global studies and social impact with a minor in Latin American studies, from Grand Valley State University (GVSU). Emily received Excellence-in-a-Discipline Award from GVSU for her undergraduate major in 2019, and received The Graduate School Citations for Academic Excellence for her Leadership and Service to GVSU in 2022.

In addition to her work at the Johnson Center, Emily serves on the board of directors for the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Grand Rapids. She is passionate about ice cream, philanthropy, and learning new skills and knowledge in whatever ways she can.

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