Emily Patrolia

Founder and CEO

Emily Patrolia is the Founder & CEO of ESP Advisors, and together with her team, combines environmental science expertise, strategic policy engagement, and communications prowess to drive success for their clients.


Most recently, Emily was Director of Sustainability at Invariant Government Relations, helping fortune 500 companies lead on environmental issues and influencing U.S. policy through advocacy, partnerships, and data-driven solutions. She advised clients on food, agriculture, trade, and environmental and ocean policy.

Before that, at Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Inc., Emily helped lead technology programming to improve maritime security and ocean health globally, while using strategic policy and storytelling to garner public and political support on key ocean and climate issues in the U.S. and internationally.


While in Congress, Emily served as staff on the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation where she spearheaded legislation and guided priorities at the National  Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Coast Guard, among others.


Emily received her Master’s in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island and her Bachelor's from the University of Delaware.

Get to Know Emily

What’s your go-to coffee or tea drink? 
Typically regular coffee with almond milk, but I’m a sucker for a good cappuccino!

Which marine animal deserves a shout-out? Why? 
I’ve always been partial to the Yeti Crab because they're just really cool looking, and generally I find life around deep sea hydrothermal vents fascinating. One year I hope to plan ahead enough to be one for Halloween.

What are you listening to or reading right now?
I’m obsessed with N.K. Jemisin - she’s a fantastic fiction and fantasy writer and I’m burning through every book I can get my hands on. I love being able to escape into the worlds she creates!

Favorite shows or podcasts to binge? 
Right now I’m binge watching Bob’s Burgers and Love is Blind - my two guilty pleasures.

It’s Saturday at 2pm - what are you most likely up to?
If it’s nice out I’ll probably be taking a long run or walk around DC. I never get tired of wandering around this beautiful city!