Emma graduated with a B.A. degree in History. She taught high-school history, government, and economics, before embarking on a career in politics and public service.
Active in New Jersey Democratic Party affairs for more than 25 years, Emma was the first woman to serve as party town chairperson in Maplewood and as Director of Public Information for Essex County. She was involved in local, gubernatorial, and U.S. Senate campaigns, and served as Executive Director of the Democratic State Committee from 1986-1990. She also served as Director of Governor Jim Florio's Inaugural Committee.
In January 1990, Emma was appointed Press Secretary to Governor Florio, the first woman to hold that position in New Jersey. In 1991 she was named Director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs. To that position Emma brought a wealth of knowledge and a firm determination "...to deal with the increasing sophistication of those who practice consumer fraud and to assist the State's most vulnerable and unsophisticated consumers, the elderly and the poor."
Emma served as President of the Alumnae Association from 1985-87. She received the Mother Xavier Award in 1991. She has built a professional career which has spanned both the public and private sectors.
Recently Emma was named a Senior Advisor to the Bill Bradley for President campaign, after having been manager of media relations and external communication with PSE&G, one of the 10 largest utility companies in the nation.