Emily Holthaus
Managing Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Direct: 202.644.7468

Get to know Emily!

Emily Holthaus is known for collaborating with organizations to design organizational strategy and implement leadership development solutions toward the outcomes of greater equity, inclusion and human capital engagement in both physical and virtual environments. Prior to serving as Nonprofit HR’s lead Diversity, Equity & Inclusion consultant, Emily served as the Director of Multicultural Leadership Development for YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) where she worked to identify, engage, inspire, develop and retain multicultural staff to ensure the leadership of YMCAs reflects the diverse communities they serve. Emily was also a key member of the Y-USA’s Talent & Knowledge Management senior team that led the development of strategy and implementation of training solutions to support a nationwide workforce of more than 250,000 employees. Prior to that role, Emily served in several senior leadership positions in various nonprofits including Vice President of Operations, Executive Director, and National Director of Social Responsibility roles.

She holds a Bachelor’s of Art from Iowa State University and a master’s degree in Leadership and Management from Concordia University. In her spare time, she enjoys creating art and music, playing sports, traveling, and spending quality time with her husband Chad and young sons Jack and Cameron.


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Learn more about the work Emily and DEI experts lead at Nonprofit HR

Our in-house talent management leaders provide expert-level thought partnership aimed at helping you challenge your thinking, change your paradigms, assumptions and actions, and provoke you to innovate in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion in a way that recognizes the unique internal and external factors impacting your organization. Read more!

Recent News about Nonprofit HR’s DEI practice! 

The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is partnering with Nonprofit HR to conduct a momentous dental education-wide climate assessment survey that will collect baseline data on DEI at U.S. and Canadian dental schools and allied dental programs. The survey will include all 78 dental schools and 800+ allied dental programs across both countries. See the full story.