Co-Director, Foreign Policy In Focus
Emira Woods holds a B.A. in International Relations from Columbia, a certificate in Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton, a Master's in Government from Harvard, and is near completion of a Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government at Harvard. At the Institute for Policy Studies she codirects the Foreign Policy in Focus initiative.
Ms. Woods recently was Program Manager for the Committee on Development Policy and Practice at InterAction, serving as a principal staff contact for advocacy at the UN, the international financial institutions, USAID, and the U.S. Dept. of the Treasury. She designed and implemented a strategic campaign around the Monterrey Financing for Development conference, working with both InterAction members and a broader coalition of Southern and Northern agencies. Prior to this position, she served as Program Officer of Oxfam America's Africa program, which involved outreach to the heads of major international institutions and grassroots groups in the most remote communities.
Emira has recently been interviewed on Liberia and U.S.–Africa relations on the BBC, CNN, CBC, the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and the Diane Rehm Show. She has hosted a WashingtonPost.com online chat and has published pieces in The Nation, the Baltimore Sun, and the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
Last Updated: Sep 22, 2006