Erin Horne McKinney


Chief Executive Officer |


Erin is the founder of the global membership organization, Black Female Founders (#BFF). She previously served as the inaugural Managing Partner of Inclusion for JumpStart Inc. and as Washington D.C.’s inaugural Senior Advisor on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Executive Office of the Mayor. Erin held executive leadership roles with the National Association of Multicultural Digital Entrepreneurs (NAMDE), the National Diversity Council, and the Maynard Institute. Her technology 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.

Erin is a member of Pipeline Angels and serves as an advisor and mentor to startups, tech incubators, and accelerator programs. She is a founding member of the Black Innovation Alliance (BIA) and serves on advisory the board for Collider's Inclusion Open program and as a Board Director for Greater Twin Cities United Way. Erin is currently pursuing her Ph.D. within the Technology, Policy and Society program at Howard University in Washington, D.C. She completed her BA in Journalism & Telecommunications Management and MA in Mass Communications and Media Studies from Howard University. 

Interesting Fact

I went skydiving for my 25th birthday!

Favorite Local Restaurant

Bole Ethiopian Cuisine

Favorite Movie


Woman I Admire

Harriet Tubman, Kamala Harris, Sheila Johnson, Cathy Hughes, Dawn Dickson, Anika Robbins