Erin Horne McKinney

Passionate about emerging technology, civil rights, and
entrepreneurship, Erin Horne McKinney is the cofounder of Black Female
Founders (#BFF) and KissIntel. She previously served as the 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, marketing
communications, economic and business development 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 Develop (DMPED) representing technology firms, entrepreneurs,
and organizations. Erin has held leadership roles with the National
Association of Multicultural Digital Entrepreneurs (NAMDE) 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 as a mentor at 1776, WeWork, and AccelerateDC. She also
serves on the Byte Back board, the Halcyon Incubator advisory board,
and the Fish & Richardson’s FISHstep program review committee. Erin is
a doctoral student in the communications technology policy program at
Howard University, where she also completed her BA and MA.