Emily Tavenner

Communications Director, New America’s Technology Programs

Emily Tavenner is the Communications Director for New America’s Technology Programs. She works with policy experts to develop and execute communications strategies that will broaden the programs’ reach and deepen their impact.

Tavenner previously served as the Senior Communications Manager at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), where she collaborated with the managing editor and policy analysts to translate the think tank’s research on information technology, data innovation, and telecommunications issues into messaging that could reach and impact audiences who influence policy.

Prior to ITIF, Tavenner was the Digital Content Manager for American University’s School of International Service (SIS), where she served as the lead editor and content strategist, conceiving and producing web stories, videos, and podcast episodes that showcased the expertise of SIS faculty. Previously, Tavenner worked as a marketing communications specialist at the edtech company LearnZillion, was on the external affairs team at World Wildlife Fund, and analyzed political advertising at Kantar Media’s Campaign Media Analysis Group (CMAG).

Emily holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and mass communication from The George Washington University and a Master of Arts degree in intercultural and international communication from American University’s School of International Service. During her time at SIS, Tavenner created her own concentration in security, technology, and diplomacy; conducted research on Estonia’s nation branding as a digital society; and received the Goodman Award for Outstanding Academic and/or Scholarly Performance.