Emily J. Nachtigal



Emily Nachtigal leverages leadership skills gleaned from working at the Minnesota State Capitol and the insights gained while earning an International Master of Science degree in economics and development to bring strategic and global perspectives to clients.

Minnesota State Government Experience

In the Minnesota State Capitol, Emily served in various roles and responsibilities as a legislative assistant to the House Majority Leader, field organizer for the DFL House Caucus and an independent contractor. As a field organizer, Emily was in charge of the grassroots organizing in three different House districts. As legislative assistant to the Majority Leader, she was the liaison between the Majority Leader and government officials, lobbyists and the general public. Emily also served as the committee legislative assistant for the Rules & Legislative Administration Committee.

Academic Background 

While earning her master’s degree, Emily studied in Belgium, Germany and Slovakia, and conducted a case study on water resource management in Jordan. With 30 classmates from 17 countries around the world, Emily enhanced her ability to keep an open mind and find common ground among cultures. Between her second and third semesters, she joined 11 classmates in Slovakia for a case study looking at the local implementation of the European Union's Common Agricultural Policy’s (CAP) rural development funds. Throughout her coursework and this case study, Emily learned not only about the technicalities of the CAP, but also the perceptions of the program held by different Europeans. In Jordan, Emily and her colleagues traveled to rural villages to conduct interviews for the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur International Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in their attempt to decrease the impact of water scarcity in the region.

Emily is a consulting professional within Faegre Drinker Consulting, and does not act as a lawyer for clients. Learn more about the Faegre Drinker Consulting practice.

Personal Interests

Emily is an extrovert at heart and enjoys traveling, both domestically and abroad. She has a love of carrot juice and the Minnesota Gopher sports teams.



Ghent University (Belgium), Humboldt University (Germany), Slovak University of Agriculture (Slovakia)
International M.S. in Rural Development (2016)

University of Minnesota
B.S. in Applied Economics (2012)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Participation in Water Management in the Mena Region — Perspectives From Refugee-hosting Communities in Rural Jordan
    Tropentag 2016, Vienna, Austria

Leadership & Community

Civic Activities

  • College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences (CFANS), University of Minnesota — Policy Engagement Program, Co-Founder
  • College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences (CFANS), University of Minnesota — Mentor Program Volunteer
  • Minnesota State Horticulture Society — Vera's Garden Volunteer
  • Good Grocer — Volunteer
  • Urban Land Institute Minnesota — Young Leaders Group


  • Alumni Service Award, University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and National Resource Sciences, 2017
  • Rotary International Global Grant Scholarship, 2014-16
  • Tom Burnett Leadership Program, University of Minnesota — Participant
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