Emmery Brakke recently served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine in the community development sector. She worked primarily with a mid-sized city council and community development agency in central Ukraine, but worked additionally as a volunteer leader on projects related to program and training evaluation and diversity and inclusion. She worked in artistic and corporate development for film festivals prior to joining the Peace Corps. She received dual bachelor's degrees in music business and television, radio, and film from Syracuse University. She is proficient in Ukrainian.