Emily McNaughton

Director of Major Gifts

Region covered: California - Silicon Valley/Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Mateo, San Benito, and Monterey Counties


Emily is a Bay Area native that has been fundraising for cancer research and patient services since 2002, when her life was forever changed after hearing the story of a young boy named Ben who died of Leukemia at age 2. She was motivated to make a difference in the fight against cancer, and since then Emily has been lucky enough to work with volunteers at the American Cancer Society, helping to raise millions to support cancer research and patient services. Emily has supported Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Golf and Gala Events, and Relay For Life Events all over Northern California. One of Emily’s favorite memories is helping start the first ever Relay For Life of Bermuda while on vacation back in 2012. Since then, the funds raised at that event have exceeded $2million and have been used to build the first ever radiation center on the island. 

In 2013 Emily's friend Jen was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer at 35 years of age. Her diagnosis and unfortunate death less than one year later has inspired Emily to continue to build a strong network of cancer fighters who commit to funding research, and supporting patients and their families in the Silicon Valley and Central Coast Communities.  

In addition to being passionate about fighting cancer, Emily is active in the technology and VC community.

For more information about making a donation to the American Cancer Society, call 408.688.0108.

To contact this Director of Major Gifts, please email emily.mcnaughton@cancer.org.