Emily Sweet, Chicago

Emily Muskovitz Sweet is a social justice advocate, policy expert and women’s philanthropic leader whose work has focused on issues related to community engagement and women’s safety and security. Emily is the current Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council and Government Affairs Department at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. In this role, Emily is responsible for overseeing the Federation’s Public Affairs efforts and building relationships with key constituents in the Jewish community and beyond. Prior to this role, Emily served for six years as the Executive Director of the Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, an organization that is a national leader in the Jewish philanthropic arena.  The work of the Foundation serves to create equity, expansion, and choice in all aspects of Jewish women and girl’s lives. Emily also spent eight years working at the City of Chicago Mayor’s Office on Domestic Violence, where she oversaw multi-disciplinary projects that enhanced Chicago’s capacity to respond to issues such as sex trafficking and develop model programs for supervised child visitation services. Emily has garnered direct service experience as the Medical Advocate and then Associate Director of Administration for Neopolitan Lighthouse, a domestic violence shelter and service program on Chicago’s west side. Emily was part of the 2013 Fellows Class of Leadership Greater Chicago, and was the 2013 recipient of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago’s Samuel A. Goldsmith Leadership Award.  

Emily earned a B.A. in History and Women’s Studies from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.A. from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.