Featured Speaker – Erin Horne McKinney, Managing Partner, Inclusion, JumpStart
Erin Horne McKinney is a serial entrepreneur and intrapreneur with nearly two decades of tech policy, economic and business development and marketing communications experience.
As the inaugural Managing Partner of Inclusion, she serves as a national subject-matter expert and a diverse and inclusive high-impact entrepreneurial ecosystem builder on behalf of the organization. Erin provides thought leadership across all of JumpStart’s internal and external activities focused on advancing economic inclusion.
Erin is the founder of the global membership organization, Black Female Founders (#BFF), and the mobile app, KissIntel. She previously served as Senior Advisor on Innovation and Entrepreneurship to Washington, D.C.’s Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity (DMGEO) and as the District’s Tech and Innovation Sector Manager within the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) representing technology firms, entrepreneurs and organizations. Her tech policy work includes research positions with TechNet, the National Telecommunication and Information Administration within the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.
Throughout her career, Erin has held leadership roles with the National Association of Multicultural Digital Entrepreneurs (NAMDE), the National Diversity Council and the Maynard Institute.
As a marketing and communications consultant specializing in business development and diversity marketing, Erin has produced programs for organizations such as General Mills, the City of Minneapolis and IPX International.
Erin serves on the Media Image Task Force of the American Advertising Federation’s (AAF) Mosaic Center for Multiculturalism, the advisory board of the Halcyon Incubator and the board of Byte Back.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and a Master of Arts in Mass Communications and Media Studies from Howard University.