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Emily DeVito – Arlington Director of Strategic Partnerships

Emily DeVito is the Director of Strategic Partnerships for Northeastern University’s Arlington campus located in Rosslyn, Virginia.

Emily has over a decade of work experience within the higher education space, serving in roles supporting military benefits, enrollment, academic advising, business development, partnerships, marketing, career development and policy. While serving in the military, Emily was responsible for her command’s education programs and administered college coursework during overseas deployments.

After leaving the military, Emily continued her passion for providing accessibility to higher education, working for universities focused on military initiatives, engaging with key leaders within government and developing partnerships to support military and veteran learners. Emily also served on the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) National Legislative Service team, where she analyzed policy and consulted with members of Congress on veteran issues, resulting in multiple invitations to testify before congressional committees on matters related to economic opportunity.

In 2021, Emily was nominated by the veteran community and selected by the Department of Education to serve on the Affordability and Student Loans Committee as a negotiator for the service member and veteran constituency.Emily attended Boston University, graduating with a degree in Sociology and commissioning as an officer through Boston University’s Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC). she served six years on active duty in the United States Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer, and two years in the United States Navy Reserve, deploying overseas in support of expeditionary and anti-piracy operations around the Persian Gulf.

She was also stationed overseas at Headquarters, United States Forces, Japan, where her primary duty was to support information sharing and relationship management with Japan’s Joint Staff. She also served in the operations center during Operation Tomodachi following the 2011 triple earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis.

After transitioning from active duty and becoming a Marine Corps spouse,Emily remained active in the military and veteran community and volunteers and mentors through veteran service organizations.Emily has served on the board of the California Advisory Council on Military Education and the Virginia Advisory Council on Military Education.

She resides in Fairfax, Virginia with her husband, two young children and Australian Shepherd.

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