We’d like you to meet Emily Nelson, our newest addition to the growing The SOLD Project board. Education has always been Emily’s focus which is why she went on to study and become a teacher. After working in San Jose she then became trained to work with children who have learning disabilities. When Emily and her husband moved to Danville, CA to help plant a church (which would grow to over 2000 attendees), Emily become involved in both the Programming Team and served as the Drama Director. As her three boys left the nest, Emily’s passion began to expand from education to local non-profits. She joined the Board of Directors at Shepherd’s Gate, a homeless shelter for women and children in her community, after volunteering with them for many years.
Emily met The SOLD Project’s President, Rachel Goble, when Rachel was an intern in the High School department at CrossWinds Church. When Rachel came back from graduate school with the SOLD movie in hand, Emily was immediately moved by the devastating story of sex trafficking and began to volunteer at their annual fundraiser for Northern California. After years of volunteering in the Bay Area, she decided it was time to visit the groudn work in Thailand. In 2013 she joined one of SOLD’s Activist Vision Trips. From the Red Light district to the small village of Chiang Rai where SOLD is based, she traveled and learned about the many aspects of sex trafficking and rehabilitation. One thing became crystal clear: while rescuing is needed, prevention is KEY. Since returning, Emily has taken on a more active role at SOLD by representing and speaking at events. She considers it a privilege to join the Board of Directors for The SOLD Project, while continuing to educate others about prevention of sex trafficking.
Emily blogs at www.beyondtheredchair.com and you can follow her on Instagram.