The Common Adds Attorney Meredith Dodd plus Business Leader Emilie Eliason ’99 to Board of Directors

(Amherst, MA—September 15, 2023)—The Common, Amherst College’s award-winning, international literary magazine, announces the addition of two new members to its Board of Directors: Meredith Dodd and Emilie Eliason ’99. 

Headshot of attorney Meredith DoddMeredith Dodd is Counsel at the global law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where she is a member of the Firm’s Private Funds Practice. She is actively involved in pro bono projects ranging from preparing pardon applications to establishing investment committees for non-profits, and serves on the New York State Bar Association’s Task Force on Homelessness and the Law. Meredith received her J.D. in 2013 from University of Chicago Law School and her B.S. in 2010 from University of Wisconsin-Madison. She lives in Brooklyn and spends her free time reading, baking, and exploring. 


Headshot of Emilie EliasonEmilie Eliason ’99 has worked in the premium wine and spirits business for fifteen years and currently serves as CEO of Truett Hurst Inc. Prior to joining Truett Hurst, she launched and served as General Manager at Geodesy Wine, a social enterprise brand supporting young women’s leadership programs. Emilie started her wine career at Diageo Chateau and Estate Wines in 2008, moved to Treasury Wine Estates in 2010, and joined J Vineyards and Winery in 2013 as Vice President of Marketing and DTC Sales. In 2016 Emilie was hired by the Crimson Wine Group and served as Vice President of Marketing and then Vice President of DTC Sales and Innovation. Throughout her career, she has built brands with a strong focus on consumer engagement and innovative leadership. She has a BA from Amherst College and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

“It is a delight to have Meredith and Emilie join The Common’s team. They are trusted leaders in their respective fields, and bring with them extensive experience in community engagement and organizational innovation,” says Editor in Chief Jennifer Acker. “The Common will benefit greatly from their guidance and support.”

A full list of The Common’s Board of Directors and Editorial Board can be found at

An award-winning print and digital literary journal published biannually, The Commonfeatures global literature with a strong sense of place. Based at Amherst College, the magazine is a joint venture between the College and The Common Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The Common also runs the Literary Publishing Internship at Amherst College, mentoring students in all aspects of literary publishing, The Common Young Writers Program for high school students, and regular public programming, including the Amherst College LitFest. In 2019, The Common won a Whiting Literary Magazine Prize.

The Common Adds Attorney Meredith Dodd plus Business Leader Emilie Eliason ’99 to Board of Directors

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