Emily Roach Pandich is the Director of Policy and Strategic Planning for the NC Department of Commerce.

Prior to joining the Commerce team, Emily was the Policy Analyst and Strategy Officer for the NC Department of Administration. She was responsible for DOA’s strategic plan and providing policy support to internal divisions and state boards and commissions, including the Andrea Harris Social, Economic, Environmental, and Health Equity Task Force. Additionally, she served as DOA’s interim Legislative Liaison.

Previously, Emily was the Deputy Director of DOA’s Council for Women and Youth Involvement. As Deputy Director, she managed the Council’s Youth Involvement division, providing development and training opportunities for high school or college-aged young adults state-wide. She also managed the Council’s four regional offices, which are responsible for domestic violence and sexual assault grant oversight for over 100 agencies. 

Before joining state government, Emily worked in education and held various roles that blended classroom instruction and administration. 
Emily is a native of Raleigh, NC, and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Wake Forest University.