AAMI News July 2018

AAMI Foundation Welcomes New Executive Director

Christine Emery
Christine V. Emery

The AAMI Foundation has a new executive director in a trilingual leader with connections around the world, considerable expertise in fundraising, and a passion for tackling new challenges. Christine V. Emery, PhD, who previously served as the vice president of development for the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, joined the Foundation in mid-May.

“I am really excited about joining the  AAMI staff and community in shaping future initiatives that will have a deep and lasting impact on the well-being of people everywhere,” Emery said. “I find myself becoming more and more passionate about this mission with every passing day, and I’m looking forward to being able to transmit this passion to others to get them engaged.”

AAMI President and CEO Robert Jensen praised Emery’s experience in fundraising for mission-related causes and her strategic vision and insight.

“I believe Christine is the exact right person at the exact right time,” Jensen said. “The AAMI Foundation is well-positioned to become a true value-added partner to AAMI in the safe and effective use of health technology. Christine’s fundraising and executive experience, extraordinary ability to develop and nourish relationships, and blend of professionalism and authenticity will elevate the Foundation and its benefits to the next level.”

Emery, who was born in Laos to a U.S. Foreign Service officer, has operated at the crossroads of international affairs, U.S. foreign policy, and organizational development throughout her career. Her appointment to the AAMI Foundation marks her first foray into the healthcare arena—a change she is excited about making.

“I was looking for a new challenge and wanted to get into a field where I could disrupt the status quo of the current aging experience to contribute to a healthier experience for everyone,” Emery said. “Healthcare seemed like the industry that was most ripe for change in this area, not just in the United States but also around the world.”

Having lived in five countries by the age of 18, and being able to speak English, Spanish, and French, Emery intends to bring a “global perspective” to the AAMI Foundation and share its “wonderful assets” with the rest of the world.

“This is one of the most important associations and topics that the world doesn’t realize exists,” Emery said, referring to AAMI and the role of technology in delivering quality healthcare. “I think a principal focus is increasing the visibility of the association, as well as the Foundation—making its mission known and giving it strong financial underpinnings. There are so many opportunities for growing the Foundation and having it support the association moving forward.”

Emery has been active in the nonprofit sector, most recently spending three years at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars where she worked with high-net-worth individuals from around the world and developed an innovative fundraising plan to grow the center’s unrestricted revenue. Prior to that, she served as assistant vice president and senior executive director for development at the George Washington University—the school where she earned her master’s degree in international affairs and doctorate in political science.

A self-described “insatiably curious person,” Emery said she is “hungry” to learn more about healthcare technology and eager “to meet the people who have been working in the trenches.”

“To build on the Foundation’s first 50 years, I need to understand what their concerns are,” Emery said. “My top priority will be to achieve the mission and goals outlined in the AAMI Foundation’s strategic plan. I look forward to contributing to all that has been accomplished and leading the Foundation into an even more successful second half century.”