Emily Bilbao

Chief of Staff

Emily joined Skysong Innovations in January of 2019 and serves as Chief of Staff. Her role involves working strategically with the CEO and senior management throughout Arizona State University for the coordination of all functions and activities of the office.

She spent ten years working in national security and foreign policy, including as a program examiner in the International Affairs Division at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). At OMB she directly oversaw more than $2B annually in budget proposals and appropriations while coordinating complex bureaucratic processes to ensure proper resource allocation in support of U.S. trade policies, foreign investment security issues, U.S. government programming in the Asia/Indo-Pacific region, and U.S. contributions to Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), among others. She regularly represented OMB at interagency meetings, including at the National Security Council (NSC). While in government service Emily also served at the Department of State where she helped conduct international diplomacy aimed at countering violent extremism and at the Department of Defense. Emily also worked in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution where she was a senior research assistant.

Emily is a Fulbright Scholar, has a B.A. from Hamilton College, and an M.P.A. in International Relations from Princeton’s School of Public and International Affairs.