Emma Samuels knows that some of the best things in life happen by accident, including her involvement in Jewish Federation. A leap of faith to take a mission to Israel in 2001 has led to 12 years (and counting) of work as a lay leader and volunteer for Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP - Boston's Federation). Among other roles, she has been through the Kadimah leadership and learning series, served on the Young Leadership Division (YLD) board in various roles, including as a co- chair overseeing the launching of LEADS Boston. She has been involved with CJP's Women's Philanthropy for 8 years, for which she is currently in her 2nd year as a Board member. She also served 4 years as co-Chair of the Jaffa Society. She received Boston's Young Leadership Award in 2011, and is an active member of JFNA's National Young Leadership Cabinet. Emma was recently selected as a member of the inaugural class of Chai in the Hub, the top 18 most influential young adults making a difference in the Boston Jewish community.
When not busy planning TribeFest 2014, and even sometimes while she is, Emma chases after her three boys, ages 8, 6, and 4 (and sometimes her husband Mike, too). Emma is a Registered Dietitian, focusing her own nutrition consultation business, Eat Better Together, on mindful eating, healthy eating habits for families, and tasty, nutritional cooking. She takes special pride in facilitating interfaith nutrition workshops for Jewish and Muslim women. Emma loves (not necessarily in this order): cooking, Baptiste Yoga, being a mom, the inspiration she gets from the people in her world, a nice glass of red wine, and most things Jewish.