Emily Blejwas directs the Gulf States Health Policy Center in Bayou La Batre, AL. She previously worked in research and community development for the Community Foundation of South Alabama and the Economic & Community Development Institute at Auburn University. She serves as Chair of the Mobile United Health Task Force, as a board member for the Bayou La Batre Chamber of Commerce, and as a volunteer for the Alma Bryant High School Writers Guild.
She is the author of three books: The Story of Alabama in Fourteen Foods, Once You Know This, and Like Nothing Amazing Ever Happened. Emily holds degrees from Auburn University and Kenyon College, and lives in Mobile, AL with her husband and four children.