Emira Woods

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Emira Woods

Emira Woods is the co-director of Foreign Policy in Focus. She 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, and the international financial institutions, USAID and the Department of the Treasury. She initiated a strategic campaign around the Monterrey Financing for Development Conference, working alongside InterAction members and a broader coalition of Southern and Northern agencies. She also served as Program Officer for Oxfam America's Africa program.[1]


Emira Woods holds a BA 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 ABD in Political Economy and Government at Harvard.


Prior to joining the Institute for Policy Studies[2]staff, Emira Woods was Program Manager for the Committee on Development Policy and Practice at InterAction, serving as a principle staff contact for advocacy at the UN, the international financial institutions, USAID, and Treasury. 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.

Africa Action involvement

In 2009, Emira Woods was listed on the Board of Directors for Africa Action.[3]

Campus Progress Conference

Emira Woods, Matthew Yglesias, Fellow, Center for American Progress, Reuben Brigety, Director, Sustainable Security Program, Center for American Progress, Jamie Fly, Executive Director, The Foreign Policy Initiative and Heather Hurlburt, Executive Director, National Security Network were speakers on the Threat Assessment: How the U.S. and the global community should deal with terrorism, rogue states, and nuclear proliferation panel at the Campus Progress Conference held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., July 8, 2009.

Other speakers at the conference included President Bill Clinton, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and Van Jones, former Special Advisor for Green Jobs, White House Council on Environmental Quality.[4]

Black Commentator

As of 2009 Emira Woods was listed on the Editorial Board for the Black Commentator.[5]

Campaign for Peace and Democracy

Woods is listed as an endorser of the Campaign for Peace and Democracy, as of March 15, 2010.[6]

Letter to Obama

In March 2009 dozens of 'human rights groups' and activists in the United States, signed a statement urging President Barack Obama to rethink his decision to boycott the United Nations-sponsored anti-racism conference.

As you know, the Durban Review Conference is one of the most important international platforms for discussing the elimination of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerances. Given the brutal history of slavery and Jim Crow in the United States, your Administration has much to contribute to this discussion. A boycott would be inconsistent with your policy of engagement with the international community…

Individual signers of the statement included Emira Woods of Foreign Policy In Focus and the Institute for Policy Studies.[7]

IPS Africa event


In September 21 2012, Karen Bass and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, addressed the Africa Braintrust. Institute for Policy Studies' Director of Foreign Policy in Focus Emira Woods, featured on a panel about "Emerging Threats to Political Stability," in Africa. The day featured a distinguished keynote address, cultural performances, and other workshops with policymakers, academics, advocates and industry experts.

Other panelists included: Ambassador Johnnie Carson Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Amina Salum Ali Ambassador of African Union to the U.S. and the IPS's Dr. Clarence Lusane Professor, American University.[8]

Africa Faith and Justice Network's 30th Anniversary

IPS website, Feb. 28, 2013

Martin Sheen, Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana, and Emira Woods were all invited guest speakers at the Africa Faith and Justice Network's 30th Anniversary, March 1, 2013 through March 3, 2013, University of Notre Dame. South Bend, IN, USA.[9]

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