Emily Sexton


Emily Sexton

Emily Sexton serves as President of the America250 Foundation. Prior to assuming this role, Sexton served as the Foundation’s Chief Legal Officer and has more than 20 years of experience as a practicing attorney.

Before joining the Foundation, Sexton spent more than 15 years in the Office of the General Counsel at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the National Cultural Center and official memorial to President Kennedy within Washington, D.C. At the Kennedy Center, Sexton provided strategic legal counsel to the Kennedy Center’s artistic, education, development, marketing and operations teams, including acting as in-house production counsel for premiere events such as Kennedy Center Honors, the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, and the Kennedy Center’s 50th Anniversary Concert. Before the Kennedy Center, Sexton practiced trademark, copyright, and advertising law in the Washington, D.C. offices of DLA Piper and Baker & Hostetler.

Sexton holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and B.A. in Rhetoric from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a focus on speculative fiction and creative non-fiction. She lives in Northern Virginia with her family.



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