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Emily E. Arneson

Emily E. Arneson

Director of Government Relations

Kennedy Krieger Institute

arneson-emilyEmily E. Arneson has been director of government relations with Kennedy Krieger Institute since January but has already had a big impact on its programs.

Arneson, who has more than 10 years of experience in government affairs and policy, helped the institute receive $4.5 million from the state for a non-opioid pain management program, a unit that monitors epilepsy and a program that educates providers on how to care for children with developmental disabilities.

Arneson advocates for the nonprofit with local, state and federal governments and also helps corporations develop policies that follow government regulations. Its mission is to improve the lives of children, adolescents and adults with disorders and injuries of the brain, spinal cord and musculoskeletal system.

“In a world of aggressive and loud lobbyists, I’m quiet,” she said. “I find it’s most important to listen and learn from others, leading with my strengths of kindness, empathy and compassion to forge opportunities for collaboration.”

Before joining the institute, Arneson was a government relations consultant with the Alexander & Cleaver law firm in Annapolis and the assistant director of policy and government affairs with the Maryland Department of Commerce.

Arneson has a bachelor’s degree in government and politics from the University of Maryland. She tutors a 10-year-old girl in the Seeds for Success program in Annapolis.

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's 2020 Leading Women awards. Information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.