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Emily Houk


Emily Houk is the President of Research to Practice Consulting. Emily is an experienced consulting and management professional with a diverse background in the public and private sectors. Before founding R2P, Emily held leadership roles in the program consulting and tech sectors, advocacy community, and State Government. From this work, she brings expertise in systems building, infrastructure, process improvement, and regulatory frameworks, which she applies to her current areas of focus, which include health, human services, finance, and education.

Accomplished in developing and refining strategic plans, action agendas, and operational road maps, Emily is driven to help her clients succeed. Emily is a proven project manager, researcher, and communicator with a wealth of experience implementing people-centered, data-driven solutions within time and budget constraints. She specializes in adaptable leadership, fosters consensus, and collaborates with diverse stakeholders to achieve organizational goals and promote problem resolution. Emily is also a highly skilled and caring mentor, helping teams find their voice, determine their vision, and work to change the future.


Emily’s successes include solutions designed to improve outcomes in early childhood home visiting, quality childcare, children’s healthcare, workforce development, and access to financial services for underserved and at-risk populations. A certified grant writer, she has procured millions of dollars in winning grants and proposals for clients, achieved notable process improvement savings, and scaled government and business operations to ensure profitability and sustainability.

In all areas of her life, Emily is known for being thoughtful, thorough, and group-oriented, with a special talent for ensuring people’s voices are heard. She is a proud mother of three and a dedicated daughter to her parents, with whom she enjoys spending time up north alongside her two labradogs. When Emily is not using her certified facilitation skills to bring clients success, she uses them to bring her loved ones to consensus on dinner plans.

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