Bio for Emily Schmidlapp


Name: Emily Schmidlapp

What years have you lived in Lawrenceville? 2014-present.

Why did you move to/ stay in Lawrenceville? Housing was affordable.

Current Employer/ Job Title: Program Coordinator, The Food Trust

Why do you want to be on the LU Board? I’ve served on the board for the past 2 years, and would like to stay involved to support continuation of our strategic planning process and our equity and inclusion goals.

Please list Community Service, Non-Profit, or Board Experience: LU Board: (2018-present), Non-profit employee: (2010-present), Volunteer tax preparer with Just Harvest: (2013-present).

What makes Lawrenceville unique? Why? The rapid pace of displacement and turnover in the neighborhood makes Lawrenceville unique, and presents challenges and opportunities for keeping current residents here. Also, the number and variety of small businesses (and women owned businesses) makes the neighborhood really special.

What is was one thing you would like to work on within the neighborhood? Why? I’d like to support LU in better engaging with our neighbors who have not been previously reached by our programs or services, including renters, Black, Indigenous and people of color, and new residents.

How are you involved in the Lawrenceville community? Besides my service on the LU board, I’m also a member of the Democratic Committee, where I represent district 2 in the 10th ward by providing voter information and resources. I love shopping at the Lawrenceville farmers market, too.

What would you bring to the LU Board (e.g. experience, skills, perspective, network, etc.)? I have served on the board for the past two years (Secretary, chair of Governance committee, member of Equity and Inclusion committee) and I’ve worked in the non-profit sector for the past 10 years.

What is one fun fact that others might be surprised to know about you? I name the stray kitties that come through the yard: Cantaloupe (all orange cats are Cantaloupes), Moonbat, and Rihanna!