Thought Partners for
Social Innovators

The ORS Impact team has earned a global reputation for leadership, insight and innovation. We work collaboratively with our clients, bringing our distinctive expertise in planning, measurement and evaluation to their most vexing challenges.

Emma Paulson

Research Analyst


As a researcher, Emma believes informed decisions are the best decisions; as a social scientist, she believes we must constantly evaluate and re-evaluate our assumptions; and as a person, she appreciates the daily contradictions of the human experience. Emma approaches racial and social equity from a deeply personal and profoundly structural perspective, and she’s excited to collaborate with changemakers across the private and public sector.

Before joining ORS Impact, Emma worked at EMC Research, a Democratic polling firm, where she managed quantitative and qualitative projects ranging from public health communications to social programs evaluation to school funding. She also spent a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA member supporting local and national anti-poverty advocacy at the Shriver Center on Poverty Law in Chicago.

Emma earned a BA in Sociology and Anthropology with a minor in Chinese language, from the University of Puget Sound, where she focused on the legal and social structures of racism in the United States. Outside the office, Emma likes to hike, watch tv and movies, and cheer on OL Reign and the USWNT. She’s also highly competitive and willing to take on anyone in a game of hearts.