Emma and her partner moved to Vashon Island 30 years ago and quickly became involved in community affairs. She was elected to serve on the Vashon Park District Board and served for ten years, most of that as its president. She founded the Vashon Maury Island Land Trust and the Vashon Audubon Society and remains involved in environmental issues. She has organized many other non-profits, and currently serves on several boards and works for many Island charities.
Her educational background, a Master's Degree in Social Science, serves her well as an advisor and resource person to real estate clients and to the community organizations she supports. She has represented many non-profits in real estate transactions and does so pro bono. If a commission is paid for such a transaction she donates it to the non-profit.
Emma and her partner own a small farm on seven acres toward the south end of the Island. In her free time she enjoys birding (bird watching) over the many miles of forest and open space land she has helped to preserve. The farm boasts chickens and sheep as well as household pets. "You can't take yourself too seriously when you have chickens" Emma always says. "They don't care who throws out the corn and they're not impressed with who you think you are."
She has served for several years as the president of the Interfaith Council to Prevent Homelessness. She is well known for being outspoken and involved in helping to preserve the rural nature of the Vashon community while trying to preserve affordable housing.
Emma has an outstanding reputation based on her high standard of ethics and her willingness to call it as she sees it. She only represents buyers and works with first time home buyers, retirees, real estate investors, second home buyers and counsels anyone with real estate questions. You can access her Beachcomber "Just Ask Emma" columns here.