Emily Olson-Volding is a lifelong Southern California resident and has worked in the corporate arena for over 20 years. After receiving a science degree from UC Santa Barbara, she worked for 12 years in sales and marketing for the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Services at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She later became vice president of her family’s contracting company and president/CEO of her own local company, as one of few licensed women general contractors. Now, while earning her juris doctorate degree, she runs a property investment company. Emily is interested in public interest law and hopes to serve the disenfranchised and underrepresented.
Proudly a founding member of Santa Clarita Valley International (SCVi) in California, Emily has long been a steadfast supporter of project-based learning. Emily’s enthusiasm to volunteer on the board stems from her deep-rooted confidence in the Maker Learning Network philosophy and its dedication to global awareness. Emily’s two children have been SCVi learners since kindergarten. As a family, they traveled on service trips to Puerto Rico with Backpacks Full of Hope, a program that encourages and facilitates humanitarian efforts for communities in need. Emily strives to ensure that Maker Learning Network educational partners and experiences are available to other children.