New Los Angeles Community Development Coordinator: Emily Earhart

Posted Thursday, May 31, 2018

The Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA), committed to improving the lives of those with congenital heart disease, establishes formal presence in California.

The only organization in the country that specifically serves adults with congenital heart disease (CHD), ACHA has named Emily Earhart Community Development Coordinator for Los Angeles—one of five regions ACHA has targeted for expansion this year. In this role, Los Angeles native Earhart will plan, implement, and lead local program and development initiatives, including patient and family education and support groups, CHD conferences, fundraising and volunteer activities, and overall community outreach.

As a former ACHA Ambassador and current Greater Los Angeles Congenital Heart Walk committee member, Earhart has developed a passion and expertise within the CHD community. Her previous roles as Sales and Operations Manager, Program Assistant, Education Coordinator and Patient & Family Support Volunteer has equipped her with the knowledge and skills to execute initiatives as well as educate others. As a CHD patient, Earhart is eager to continue to empower, support, and encourage others with congenital heart defects.

“When presented with the opportunity to play a pivotal role in ACHA’s continued success and expansion, I was thrilled,” said Earhart. “I am looking forward to cultivating relationships with hospitals, CHD patients and families, and overall, create a general awareness around CHD and ACHA throughout the region to better serve the community.”

President and CEO of ACHA Mark Roeder added, “Emily’s knowledge of congenital heart disease and experience in education, leading and fundraising will help expand our impact in Los Angeles. The fact that she is a CHD patient will provide us with a patient perspective, which is a plus. We are very excited to have her join the ACHA team.”

Earhart graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Anthropology and Development Studies, and received a Master’s Degree in Anthropology of Food from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies.

About the Adult Congenital Heart Association 

The Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA) is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life and extending the lives of adults with congenital heart disease (CHD). ACHA serves and supports the more than one million adults with CHD, their families and the medical community—working with them to address the unmet needs of the long-term survivors of congenital heart defects through education, outreach, advocacy, and promotion of ACHD research. For more information about ACHA, contact (888) 921-ACHA or visit