Account Supervisor/Project Manager
Since she was in Elementary School, Emily McDermott has been guided by her desire to make a difference, to “be the change” she wants to see in the world.
“Living by this philosophy pushes me to be aware of my decisions and actions, work and love harder, and focus on projects and people that really allow me to really contribute to and help make a change that is, hopefully, long or everlasting and greater than me, no matter how big or small,” McDermott said.
This guiding principle has led her to pursue a host of volunteer opportunities over the years. Since 2016, McDermott, 36, has been giving back to the Baltimore community through her work with Thread, an organization that serves underperforming city students who face significant barriers outside the classroom, giving them access to a team of volunteers as well as community resources. She currently works closely with a student at Frederick Douglass High School, and said she has built a wonderful relationship with him, as well as his family and friends.
In 2017, McDermott joined Rockville-based communications firm Van Eperen, where she immediately stepped into the role of managing the agency’s largest account. In her role as account supervisor and project manager, she has played an integral role in growing Van Eperen’s Baltimore office, which has added employees, clients and office space, as well as built brand recognition in the Baltimore area in her time there. McDermott considers this her most significant professional accomplishment to date.
McDermott is originally from Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Appalachian State University in 2005 with a BS in Communications and Public Relations.
In 2017, McDermott was named Volunteer of the Year by PRSA Maryland, an organization that offers networking and professional development opportunities to communications professionals. She currently serves as the organization’s programming chair. In 2019, she received the Hermes Gold Award for Print Media Writing for her work at Van Eperen.