About Us

Emily Gallagher is the creator of My College Game Plan & College Application Café.

Professional: With a Master’s in Education from Harvard University and a BA in History from Stanford University, Emily Gallagher shares eleven years of independent counseling experience with families seeking an edge applying to college. Since founding My College Game Plan in 2009, Emily has assisted hundreds of students with their college applications and pathways, including athletes aspiring to participate in intercollegiate athletics. Her unique background as college athlete (DI Basketball) and veteran of the high school classroom helps Emily build great rapport with each client. During summers, she runs college essay writing camps that have sold out every year. From essay writing to personalized college strategies, students and parents describe Emily’s knowledge of the college application process as incredibly insightful, caring, and helpful.

Personal: Emily grew up as a tom-boy in suburban Detroit in the 1970s and 80s playing whatever sport was in season on the heels of Title IX legislation. As a 4th grader, Emily dreamed of becoming a college basketball player, and dedicated herself to becoming the best student-athlete she could be. Graduating as her high school’s valedictorian and named Michigan’s top female basketball player in 1985, the Parade All-American won a full-athletic scholarship to Stanford University. As a PAC-10 All-Academic selection, Emily played on a Pac-10 Championship team and twice participated in the NCAA Tournament. Having taught and coached in the high school ranks for 18 years (California, North Carolina, and Seattle), Emily currently lives in Lake Forest Park, WA with her husband, two children, and Cavalier King Charles, Winston.

Pam Borromeo, writing coach, has been working with high school and college students on their writing for over 20 years. She graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in Law and Justice and a B.A. in Ethnic Studies. She received a Masters in Education from the University of Washington focusing in multiethnic curriculum and instruction and literacy. She has taught students spanning the spectrum – inner-city, Native Hawaiian homelands, university undergraduates, and internationally renowned college preparatory schools in both Hawai`i and the Seattle Metro areas. She has worked in education and the business sector and has been published in literary as well as research publications.offers years of teaching expertise to parents and students.   For Bay Area participants, she’ll be a strong electronic presence via text, phone, and Skype, while for Seattle clients, she’ll make the trek from Edmonds to Lake Forest Park, home of the Café.