About

Our Story

There is an apartheid museum in Johannesburg, South Africa. Buried yards into zigzagged cement walkways, artifacts, photos and documents, is a wall. A wall that stands stories high, vastly wide. Red and brown brick, covered almost entirely by hundreds of small black plaques, each engraved with white letters. It’s a wall that could be missed, immense as it is, but blended amidst the thronging displays.

Upon examination, the sea of plaques takes form—each containing an ‘act’ or law.

This wall, and each plaque on it, represents the formation and continuation of apartheid. One small ‘act’ at a time.

And thereby, one country’s 300-year history of institutionalized racism, and the almost-complete destruction of a way of life for 90 percent of a population. Destruction that had not been caused by wars–but by ideas. Ideas that became words. Words that became policies. Policies that became laws. And laws that undid lives.

Amidst the constant nagging questions of life—how is one person in a position of freedom and another in captivity? How is one in peace, another war? How is one surrounded by love, another by hatred? Crippling poverty versus expansive, sometimes crippling, wealth? Where did these differences come from? And can they ever end?

And—what can I do?—this wall became a vision.

A call to arms. A commitment to recognize that small ‘acts’ become sweeping belief systems. And the intersection at which change can occur, is at the inception of ideas and the movement of people.

It is a belief that policy, in short, has the power to impact EVERYTHING. And it is our duty to ourselves, our neighbors and our countries, to ensure that equitable policy is our heritage.

Our Process

Policy is a reflection of our individual and community values. Our communities, states, and nations are built on policy. Policy becomes law and influences how we live our day-to-day lives. 

Many policies are strong and make life easier. Some policies are dated. Some are exclusive. Some need to be changed and some created. 

The Policy Project is a group of individuals and like-minded organizations who together are exercising, and experimenting with, our first amendment rights to help move forward healthy, long-term policy at a local and national level.

 

Our Mission

We fulfill our mission to forward healthy policy through:

  • Public engagement
  • Education
  • Public awareness through media tools
  • Public outreach programs and events
  • Work with local and national government
  • Collaboration with thought leaders and private community and business leaders
  • Lobbying efforts

Our Issues

To identify issues and policies we are passionate about, we draw inspiration from our environment. 

As we interact with news, people, literature, places and events that make us question or notice something that could be better, we act.

We learn, we research, we organize, we teach and we message in order to do something about it. 

And, we rely on you to observe and learn and help us identify needed changes. Let us know if you find something interesting.

Our People

A parent…

A business owner…

A news junkie…

A student…

A cyclist…

A musician…

An employee

A sibling…

A Republican…

A freelancer…

A book-lover…

A planner…

A friend…

A worker…

A Democrat…

A chef…

A gardner…

A _______….

This is who we are.

We are a non-partisan collection of individuals who feel passionately about our responsibility and desire to ensure healthy, equitable policy for the future of our collective children, our nation and our world.

The Policy Project is a ‘peaceably assembled’ group exercising our first amendment right to speak freely and petition our government in the name of what we believe to be healthy, long-term policy.

Founder

Emily has worked in the private sector for two decades as a corporate communication consultant, the founder of a boutique consulting and advocacy firm, the founder of an apparel company, and as a television host/style editor.

She’s worked intimately with several nonprofits, organizing and executing programs, events, medical missions. She’s also served in the community and worked on several political campaigns.

Emily received a Bachelor of Art in Communication from Brigham Young University and a Master of Art in Communication from The Ohio State University.

She was the visitor at the Apartheid Museum.

Contact Emily:
emily@thepolicyproject.org