Emerald hails from the Capital of the Navajo Nation, Window Rock, Arizona. She received her B.A. in Human Communication (2008) with an emphasis in Biblical Studies at Colorado Christian University in Denver, Colorado. Emerald decided to pursue a M.A. in Communication at the University of New Mexico with a focus on intercultural communication with specific concentration in Native American communities, tribal politics and social media. Emerald has worked in a variety of industries from non-profits, tribal government and the mining industry. Currently, she volunteers with several non-profit organizations focused on Native American youth. Emerald enjoys traveling, participating in tribal/cultural events and running.