In the fall of 2019, Emily Ivey Bloom learned about Clinton’s case when she and Merel were collaborating on a school project. Merel told Emily of the injustices in Clinton’s conviction and sentence, which were compelling enough; but it was after she learned that Clinton was from the same small town she was from that she really felt a connection to the case. Without hesitation, Emily threw herself into helping Clinton and helping Merel’s efforts to set him free however she could. In the early days of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, Merel and Emily began brainstorming about how to bring the Clinton Young Foundation to the United States, and in October of that year, the dream became a reality. By establishing the Foundation in America (with the help of Merel and Paul Bloom), Emily was dedicated to the cause and was eager to serve as an Executive Board Member.
Emily is a Juris Doctor candidate at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, expected to graduate in May 2022. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature at the University of Texas at Tyler where she graduated summa cum laude in December of 2018. Emily plans to work as a criminal public defender after law school. She and Paul got married in August of 2020.
Emily joined the Foundation as an Executive Board Member in September of 2020.