Emily Marchese

Emily Marchese is the Executive Director of Reach Out and Read of Greater New York. Prior to joining Reach Out and Read, Emily was the Executive Director of Roots and Wings, a privately funded social service agency that provides housing, education, and case management to aged-out foster young adults. Over the course of five years, she doubled the revenue and size of the program and built an outcomes-focused culture across all areas of the organization, yielding national awards and recognition for excellence in program innovation. Before joining Roots & Wings, Marchese was the Director of Foundations and Corporations for Student Sponsor Partners, where she was responsible for a multi-million dollar grant portfolio, as well as college readiness and retention program pilots. Prior to that, she worked at the Partnership for Inner-City Education as Manager of High School Programs, managing thirteen distinct scholarship programs across all five boroughs. Marchese is the graduate of Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management, the Robin Hood Foundation’s GRIT program for non-profit leaders, the Stand Together Catalyst program for non-profit “disrupters”, Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Philanthropy & Resource Development program, and Columbia Business School’s Developing Leaders Program for Non-Profit Professionals.

Marchese is a Cornell University and London School of Economics graduate. Marchese lives in Rutherford, NJ with her six year-old son, Oliver. 

Her favorite book to read with her son is Allegro by David Miles and I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal.