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Emily Kao Kopfensteiner


Emily Kao Kopfensteiner holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University and her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Policy and Management with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.  Prior to attending the LBJ School for Public Affairs, Emily worked for the Greater Houston Partnership in different capacities ranging from the aerospace and aviation economic development manager to the health care policy manager.  Her key accomplishments included successfully advocating for the preservation of NASA's Constellation Program and working with health care industry leaders in Houston to address the health care challenges the Houston regional community faces.  While the GHP Director of Public Policy, Emily was responsible for leading state and federal advocacy efforts and developing legislative strategies for business and social policies related to health care, transportation and education.  Emily is a graduate research assistant for Dr. Carolyn Heinrich on her multi-site Supplemental Education Services project with the Center for Health and Social Policy.  She also serves as an Undergraduate Studies Signature Course teaching assistant for Dr. Jacqueline Angel.  Emily's research focus is on health policy, she is specifically interested in regional healthcare delivery models and the  efficient delivery of quality emergency and trauma care services.

Research Interests: Health policy, specifically the efficient delivery of quality emergency care and trauma care services