Our Team

Emma Palzere-Rae

Interim Director, Thames River Innovation Place

Emma Palzere-Rae began with Thames River Innovation Place as the Ignite Program Manager. Previously she served as the Director of Development and Communications at Safe Futures. Her diverse background and experience in non-profit management, the arts and culture sector and human services will serve Ignite programming well. After fifteen years in New York City producing theater and other programming, Ms. Palzere-Rae came to southeastern Connecticut when she was appointed the first Executive Director of The Chorus of Westerly in Rhode Island. Since that time, she has been active in the community, volunteering with her children’s schools, arts organizations and various non-profits. She has served on the Board of the Southeastern CT Women’s Network and is currently on the Board of the CT Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She is also a member of the new CT Shoreline Chapter of Soroptimists International, where she was awarded the Women Helping Women award. Emma was named 2018 Woman of the Year by the Southeastern Connecticut Womens Network.


Community Concierge, Ambassador/CHAT
Amanda Ljubicic
Vice President, Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut

Cultivator Kitchen/RD86
Hannah Gant
Co-founder, RD86

Emma Palzere-Rae
Ignite Program Manager

Naval & Maritime Consortium
Alexandra Halvordson
Executive Director, Naval and Maritime Consortium

Thames River Reconnection
Sybil Tetteh
City Planner, City of New London