Emily Yu

Executive Director, BUILD Health Challenge

As Executive Director of the BUILD Health Challenge, Emily is helping to change the future of health in America and leading the charge to cultivate cross-sector collaborations that are working to give everyone a fair chance to be healthy. Skilled in program development and social marketing strategy implementation, for both the public and private sectors, Emily brings together a unique perspective that fuels her passion for both identifying and proving sustainable models for social change.

A dynamic funding collaborative, the BUILD Health Challenge is driving sustainable improvements in community health—by improving the social and environmental conditions we less readily associate with health. In support of this bold goal, Emily is forging dynamic partnerships with leading foundations, community-based organizations, hospitals and health systems, public health departments, companies, and others to tackle a wide variety of issues, including: improving substandard housing stock, eliminating food deserts, creating opportunities for exercise and active living, and ending the cycle of domestic and gang violence, among others.

Emily earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University. She is a 2018 Terrance Keenan Institute fellow, led by Grantmakers in Health. She resides in Washington, D.C., with her family.