Emily Irish
Emily Irish

Emily Irish (she/her), Partner since 2018 | Strategic Communications

“Building effective communications into our work builds trust–it shows our intentions and values, establishes credibility, and clarifies intended outcomes.”

In her role focused on strategic communications, Emily creates visual design and written products that make Willamette Partnership’s work, and that of partners, accessible, relatable, and approachable. She leverages visual design skills to help define what is important and meaningful to partners and our audiences “My goal is to encourage someone to want to learn more and to dig deeper into our work.”

Emily works collaboratively to identify desired outcomes and translate them into project roadmaps, visual tools, and communications plans. She emphasizes collaborative communications as a constructive and clarifying benefit in project development, strategic thinking, process design, and messaging. “We’ve moved away from traditional communication thinking to a more holistic approach that incorporates communications from the beginning of a project.”

During her time with the Partnership, Emily has built our Communications Strategy and redesigned the website. In addition to overseeing the Partnership’s day-to-day communications such as our social media and newsletter, Emily provides support and expertise to help external partners reach their communications goals.


  • Builds communication strategies and engagement
  • Visual facilitation and collaborative design
  • Effective outreach and coordination


Natural Infrastructure in Oregon: Common Challenges, Opportunities for Action, and Case Studies. 2021. Willamette Partnership.  

Outdoor Preschool Equity Toolkit. 2020. Willamette Partnership.

Greener Parks for Health: Communications Toolkit. 2020. Willamette Partnership and National Recreation and Park Association. 

Cedar Mill and North Johnson Creeks StoryMap. 2020. Tualatin Watershed Enhancement Collaborative.

Oregon Water Futures Website, Summaries, and Media. 2021. Oregon Water Futures Project.


Bachelor of Arts

University of Redlands, Redlands, CA
Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies Honors with a focus in GIS and a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design