About Me

 I am a civil rights attorney with a background in architecture, law, and public policy. I was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, grew up in Wahpeton, North Dakota, and spent the last thirteen years in Syracuse, Atlanta, and New Orleans.

Thankful to be back in the Midwest, I am thrilled to call Minnesota, and the Twin Cities, home.  There is something about this state, and its proximity to the Dakotas, that feels inherently whole and familiar.

The first five years of my career was spent working for the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) on issues of prisoner reentry, fair housing, and housing segregation.  The most transformative experience at HUD stemmed from my time in Washington DC as a member of HUD's "Team Reentry"—a product of the agency's Emerging Leaders Program.  This team, and everything it stood for, provided much of the fuel for All Square, a social enterprise in MInneapolis that I launched in August, 2016.

​All Square 

All Square is a civil rights social enterprise that invests in those who are impacted by the criminal justice system. Centered on a craft grilled cheese restaurant and professional institute, our business, and brand, exists to ensure that those who have paid their debts to society are ALL SQUARE.


Our enterprise was founded in response to mass incarceration, systemic racism, and the widespread exclusion of those with records. It was created with the belief that all individuals deserve to be judged on their merit and not their mistakes—and meaningful reparations for communities who have been disproportionately impacted by the criminal justice system are of the utmost importance.


In addition to All Square, I am working on a creative nonfiction book called Spilsbury that addresses the masked tenets of contemporary housing discrimination while showcasing a seventy-four year old woman’s triumph over residential segregation.  Spilsbury also chronicles the life of Sue Spilsbury, one of the first female attorneys in Louisiana, and the immeasurable gifts that spring from intergenerational friendships. 

With All Square and also Spilsbury,  I hope to tap into the collective conscious of the human race, contributing to the dismantling of divides that isolate and cripple communities across the country.


  • 07.20.17  From Overt to Covert: How Segregation Persists in America, Metropolis Magazine.  Read the piece here.
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Email:  emily@allsquarempls.com     

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