Emary Aronson Managing Director, Robin Hood Relief Fund

Emary Aronson is the managing director of the Robin Hood Relief Fund, dedicated to addressing the needs of those affected by Hurricane Sandy in the tri-state area. Originally established to help those affected by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the Robin Hood Relief Fund has been re-activated and has raised more than $60 million for organizations helping Sandy victims across New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

Founded in 1988, Robin Hood is New York City’s largest poverty-fighting organization, which finds, funds and partners with programs that are proven to be effective remedies to poverty and a consistent force for good in the lives of New Yorkers in need. In 2011, Robin Hood strategically invested more than $110 million in homeless shelters, soup kitchens, job training programs, charter and public schools, and other vitally important services.

Emary Aronson is also managing director of education for Robin Hood. Robin Hood supports a variety of schools and education-related programs which embrace extending the school day and year, strong curricula, high standards and expectations for student
performance. It is a leading funder of charter schools and a founding member of the New York City Charter Schools Center, a public/private partnership with the New York City Department of Education.

Before joining Robin Hood, Emary was the Director of Education Initiatives at the New York City Partnership and Chamber of Commerce. In this role, Emary helped develop a $29 million education reform program and managed a youth employment and school principal management training program. Prior to her work with the New York City Partnership, Emary taught history and economics at the two-year college level.

Emary holds a BA in History from Smith College, an MSc in Economic History from the London School of Economics, an MBA from the Yale School of Management, and a PhD in History from the University of Chicago. She is a member of the board of directors of the Charter Center as well as the Center for Employment Opportunities
(CEO), a job training program for ex-offenders.