Emily Skor joined Growth Energy as CEO in May 2016. She leads the country’s premiere biofuel trade association, representing 100 producers, 91 innovative businesses, and tens of thousands of ethanol supporters around the country who work to bring consumers cleaner burning, more affordable fuel choices at the pump.
Prior to joining Growth Energy, Skor served as vice president of communications for the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) and as the executive director of the CHPA Educational Foundation. At CHPA, the national trade association advocating for expanded consumer access to affordable over-the-counter medicines, Skor led the industry’s public affairs, strategic communications, and marketing.
Before joining CHPA in February 2011, Skor was senior vice president at Dezenhall Resources, a nationally recognized crisis management firm. For over a decade, she led high-stakes communications campaigns for Fortune 100 companies and industry trade groups to protect business and mitigate the impact of issues, scrutiny, policy change and competition on brands, products, and corporate reputation. Skor managed successful campaigns that encompassed media, advocacy, coalition-building and consumer education.
Skor graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wellesley College. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and two children. She is a trustee of Aidan Montessori School and serves on the board of directors of Madeline Island Chamber Music.
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Ray was the founding member of Big River Resources and a longtime Growth Energy Board member. We are all better off for knowing him and our community will feel this loss deeply. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and staff on this difficult day. You will be missed, Ray.
To those of us within it, the ethanol industry often feels like a big family. Today that entire family mourns the loss of one of our own, Ray Defenbaugh. We will always remember his relentless spirit — his honesty, optimism, humor, and especially his fierce, fierce loyalty.