EMILY K. CALDWELL (POZO), Executive Director and Founder
Upon her second visit to the Galapagos Islands in 2005, Emily was dazzled by their unprecedented wonder and beauty, but was simultaneously disturbed by the troubling humanitarian conditions that constantly confront residents of the Islands. After speaking with locals, she started to understand the acute nature of their economic challenges, and the widespread implications of their inadequate access to healthcare and education for their families. Emily began organizing programs to address these problems in 2005, and officially founded Galapagos ICE (Immerse Connect Evolve) in 2006.
Her work has not gone unnoticed. Emily is the recipient of the 2009 Outstanding Alumni Award: Spirit of St. Francis, from Viterbo University, her alma mater, and received the auspicious Merito de la Colaboracion con el Gobierno Municipal/ Merit Award for Cooperation with the Galapagos Municipal Government in 2010. She was interviewed on film by Dan Rather Reports in their 2008 broadcast, “How Humans Might Be Loving the Galapagos to Death”, and was also profiled by the Christian Science Monitor in the 2009 article, “People Making a Difference: Emily Pozo.”
It is Emily’s belief that a Galapagos population that has greater access to healthcare, education, and economic opportunities can serve as a strong bulwark against ecological deterioration.
Emily served from time to time as a Warden for the US Government for the Galapagos, and lived in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos for more than 8 years and lived in Guayaquil, Ecuador for a couple of years working at Golds Gym as a nutritionist and Floor Manager and continued with the program Ponte En Forma.
Currently, Emily is the Executive Director of Education Equals Hope, E=H www.educationequalshope.org. E=H is a 501c3 that helps children in desperate and difficult places around the world. She continues to empower those in need.