Emily Klinger is Senior Vice President Leadership & Organizational Development at Special Olympics where she oversees a team focused on leadership development for people with and without intellectual disabilities and internal operational development including strategic planning and project management.
Prior to this role, Emily served in multiple departments within Special Olympics including global development, government relations, grant management and community impact. Emily has been in the Special Olympics movement for 25 years participating as a youth partner, volunteer, coach and volunteered with several state and country Special Olympics Programs.
Her prior experience includes working at Peace Corps where she was a Special Education Volunteer in Grenada and worked in inter-governmental affairs and partnerships office at Peace Corps Headquarters managing a USAID multi country grant agreement. She is also a former Special Education teacher with Chicago Public Schools and a Leadership Consultant.
Emily received her Master’s Degree in International Training and Education from American University and her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University majoring in Special Education and Human & Organizational Development.
Global Leadership Team
Timothy Shriver, Ph.D
Chairman of the Board
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Human Resources Officer
Dimitri A Christakis, MD, MPH
Chief Health Officer
Chief Inspiration Officer; Vice Chair, Board of Directors
John Dow, Ph.D
Chief, Regional & Program Operations
Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Chief of Staff to the Office of the Chairman
Brandon M. Fitzgerald
Chief Legal Officer; Secretary, Board of Directors
Chief of Health Operations
Jacqueline Jodl, Ph.D
Chief, Global Youth and Education
Senior Vice President, Leadership & Organizational Development
Chief of Sport and Competition
Chief Marketing, Communications & Development Officer