Emily Brenner

Program Associate

Contact Emily about courses for grantmakers and donors.

Emily is available to help you arrange a custom course of The Grantmaking School, to answer questions about open courses, and to 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 July 2019. Emily holds 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 the Excellence-in-a-Discipline Award for her major in 2019. She is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree with an emphasis in nonprofit management and leadership from GVSU.

When she’s not working or doing homework, you can find Emily serving on the board of directors for the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Grand Rapids.

Emily is passionate about ice cream, philanthropy, and learning new skills and knowledge in whatever ways she can.

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