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Emily Lakin

👋🏻 Hey Community Club! My name is Emily and I'm the Head of Community Programs at Patreon.

Prior to working at Patreon, I had a long career at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and also worked as a consultant. My remaining client is really a passion project. It's a fledgeling Bay Area artist residency program called The Space Program, San Francisco.

My favorite part of community building is that hit of joy you get when you know you've made a different in people's lives through an introduction, a resource, or an experience. Today I heard from a community member who said: "I'm just gently surprised that [my club] proved to be such a bonding experience - I went in with heart both open and also cynically-half-closed, and I left with heart wide open and grateful."