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Emily Anderson | At-Large Trustee

Class of 2009, UW Bothell, Bachelors of Arts, Society, Ethics & Human Behavior

Portrait: Emily Anderson

Why I Serve

Growing up in Washington, UW was always part of the backdrop. As a six-year-old watching Husky football with my dad, I already knew to cheer for purple-and-gold. However, my path to UW – like many students – was not a direct line from high school to university. I was home schooled except for two years and, after high school graduation, didn’t yet have the confidence to attend a large, four-year institution. I attended community college before transferring to UW Bothell.

My slower integration to university life provided time to fully envision myself as a UW student. UW Bothell was a perfect fit since it fosters a strong sense of community. That encouraged my participation in and out of the classroom. As a UW student, I volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, served as UW Bothell student body president and chaired the campus Relay for Life club raising money for the American Cancer Society. Professors and mentors rallied around me and that was meaningful. UW Bothell cultivates a dedication to service and reflection on how best to employ your education. That contributed to my passion and perseverance in earning a law degree.

All the campuses are part of the Husky family. As a trustee, I have arranged for UW Bothell students to share their stories with the board. Today’s students are tomorrow’s alumni. We must embrace that relationship.


Emily Anderson is Senior Director/lead privacy and security counsel at Gigamon, a network security company. Prior to joining Gigamon, she was the General Counsel at ICEBRG and worked at Microsoft in a variety of roles including as program manager in the Microsoft Security Response Center, Windows Embedded Release division and Legal Privacy Compliance.