Emma Lu was born in Ames, Iowa to first-generation immigrants from China. Two years after, her family moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where she has resided ever since. 

During Emma’s time as a student at Boston Latin School, she was able to involve herself in her community through volunteering, both at school and at various external organizations, such as Newton-Wellesley Hospital and Boston Cares. In addition, she joined extracurriculars relating to civic engagement, including the Mayor’s Youth Council, which allowed her to work with students around Boston to give youth a voice in the city. Through these experiences, she gained a greater understanding of the disparities within Boston and a newfound dedication to service. 

After working as a Seevak Fellow at Physicians for Human Rights, Emma became curious about the ways in which government interacts with non-governmental organizations and its constituents. In her desire to explore the role of the state in social justice, Emma decided to apply for the Ward Fellowship the following year. 

Emma is excited to be working for physician and State Representative Jon Santiago this summer, and she hopes to learn more about local health policy during this time.