Emily Theis

I'm a product manager for the public good, a journalist by training, and an active hobbyist.

I currently work at 18F and am detailed to the Department of Veterans Affairs. My team is focused on building user-focused products to get Veterans their disability benefits in minutes, not months. Since late 2021, our work has saved Veterans over 10,000 days of waiting on claim decisions (and counting!).

Prior to that, I was Head of Producers at Upstatement, where I guided strategic design and engineering projects for clients like On Being, PBS NewsHour, Harvard Gazette, Emergence Capital, and the MIT homepage and undergraduate admissions. I started my career as an editorial designer and illustrator — at The Boston Globe and The Star Tribune in Minneapolis. I grew up in Indianapolis and studied journalism graphics and Spanish at Ball State University.

Music things

If you're looking for my music (I moonlight as an indie pop act called Theis) hop on over to my musical internet places: Spotify, Instagram, and Facebook.

Hobbies and side projects

I like quilting, hanging out with my tiny adorable dog, running, yoga, and writing. I've written about missing my time in Minneapolis, minimizing my wardrobe after college, and the art of having a bazillion hobbies

I created the Breakup Survival Guide, a site powered by listeners of the Death Sex & Money podcast that serves up randomized heartache cures. The project was graciously profiled by the Poynter Institute, as well as Jetzt, the digital magazine from Germany’s biggest nationwide newspaper (wunderbar!).

Be my pal

I'm always up for making friends (#midwestern) or taking on side projects, so get in touch via any Internet method you please!

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