White House Author
CEO and Co-Founder, Sword and Plough
Emily Núñez is the CEO and Co-Founder of Sword & Plough, a social enterprise that creates employment opportunities for veterans by repurposing military surplus material into stylish bags and accessories. The mission driving Sword & Plough is to empower veteran employment, reduce waste, and strengthen civil-military relations. Emily is also an active duty Military Intelligence officer in the United States Army and will deploy to Afghanistan this year. Inspired by her experiences at the U.S. Army Airborne School and childhood growing up in a military family, Emily and her sister, Betsy, co-founded Sword & Plough in 2012. As a Dell Social Innovation Fellow, Emily gained key insight to strengthen Sword & Plough's core areas of impact, after initially cultivating the idea at the Middlebury Center for Social Entrepreneurship and acquiring funding through a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. She holds a B.A. in International Studies from Middlebury College and speaks French, Spanish, and Portuguese.