Emily Lenzner has been working in media and politics with an expertise in strategic communications and media affairs for nearly two decades. Before joining SKDK in 2010, Emily served as the Executive Director of Communications for ABC News in Washington, where she was responsible for all public and media relations for This Week with George Stephanopoulos Nightline, and ABC’s Washington Bureau. As the PR representative for the two news programs, Emily served as the primary publicist for ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Christiane Amanpour, and Jake Tapper, as well as for Ted Koppel at Nightline and the program’s current anchor team. Emily took a year off from ABC to run media relations for NPR in Washington, where as the number two communications executive for the network, she overhauled the company’s media relations efforts to be more streamlined and effective.
Emily returned to ABC In 2007 to serve as George Stephanopoulos’ editorial producer on This Week during the 2008 presidential cycle before returning to ABC’s communications department. Prior to her first tour at ABC, Emily’s career took her to New York, where she worked for PR firms Fenton Communications and Robinson, Lerer & Montgomery and served as the press secretary for Independence Party candidate for NY Governor Tom Golisano in 2002. From 2000-2002 Emily ran communications for instant messaging software tools company, ActiveBuddy, now a Microsoft company.
The early part of her career was spent on the West Coast, where she was a producer for KIRO-TV in Seattle (1995-1997), after which she moved south to Los Angeles to work with Diane Keaton’s production company, for which she assisted the actress/director and her executive producer with script and project development. She returned to the East Coast for a fellowship at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School.
Emily’s first experience in politics was in the White House as a staff assistant to George Stephanopoulos, when he was senior advisor to President Bill Clinton (1993-1994). Emily was an original founder and board member of the International Organization for Adolescents, an NGO committed to the health and well-being of adolescents around the world and with a focus on stopping adolescent trafficking. In addition to her full-time work, Emily is actively involved with several advocacy and non-profit organizations. She currently serves on Running Start’s Board of Directors and as the Chair of Outreach and Engagement for the Impact Center, a premier leadership development organization for high-impact individuals and institutions. She is also the vice president of the board of directors for City Dance, which works to enrich the youth of the Washington metropolitan region through dance education and appreciation. Emily received a B.A. in English from Vassar College and lives in Washington, DC with her husband, son and three bonus children.