Passionate about emerging technology, entrepreneurship, and social justice, Erin Horne McKinney is the co-founder & CEO of Black Female Founders (#BFF) and the mobile app, KissIntel. She previously served as Senior Advisor on Innovation and Entrepreneurship to D.C.’s Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity (DMGEO). Erin is a serial entrepreneur and intrapreneur with nearly two decades of tech policy, economic and business development, and marketing communications experience.
Prior to joining DMGEO, Erin served as D.C.'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. Erin has held leadership roles with the National Association of Multicultural Digital Entrepreneurs (NAMDE), the National Diversity Council, and the Maynard Institute. Her telecommunications 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. As a marketing and communications consultant specializing in the area of business development and diversity marketing, Erin produced programs for organizations such as General Mills, the City of Minneapolis, and IPX International. She also generated and managed millions of dollars in on-air/on-line/on-site/out-of-home/digital revenue for companies such as ABC Radio, CBS Radio, and Clear Channel Communications as a top national media strategist. Additionally, Erin worked in the communications and editorial departments of Marriott International, TIME magazine, BET News, and Knight-Ridder Newspapers.
Erin serves on the Byte Back board, the Halcyon Incubator advisory board, and Fish & Richardson's FISHstep review committee. Erin is currently pursuing her Ph.D. within the Technology, Policy and Society program at Howard University, where she also completed her BA and MA.