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Emily Abbey

Emily Abbey

Commissioner Abbey says that she feels honored to be one of two Commissioners appointed to represent resident interests, issues and goals while working in support of the SHA mission.  She has been active in the Joint Policy Advisory Committee representing residents and serving as co-chair for four years.

Ms. Abbey’s varied career included working as an editor/writer as well as administering employee development programs and energy program grants.  She has worked for the federal government, a government contractor, private industry, and a social services agency.

Ms. Abbey has spent much of her adult life learning about human nature through therapy, workshops, and working as a mental health counselor -- all of which she says help her see and respect various points of view and facilitate reaching consensus.  She notes she has learned how to step back from "group think" and alert others to issues not being fully addressed or respected.