Emily Watson


  • Emily earned a B.A. in political science, a M.P.A. in public policy with a concentration in public finance, and a certificate in social impact strategy all from the University of Pennsylvania.

Emily Watson is Director, Programs and Practice at the TIAA Institute, where she manages and supports the development, implementation, assessment, and improvement of the Institute’s thought leadership programs and strategic initiatives. Prior to this, she was a founding team member of TIAA Charitable, where she helped to conceptualize and build the business through launch and focused on special projects as the board liaison. Emily has a hybrid background in the public and private sectors including holding positions earlier in her career with the Clinton Foundation and Merrill Lynch.