Emira Woods

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Emira Woods is co-director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies, and an expert on U.S. foreign policy with a special emphasis on Africa and the Global South. She has written on a range of issues from debt, trade and development to U.S. military policy.

Emira completed her undergraduate studies at Columbia University and her graduate studies at Harvard. Prior to joining IPS, she was program manager for the Committee on Development Policy and Practice at InterAction, serving as a principal staff contact for advocacy at the UN, international financial institutions, USAID and Treasury. Previous to that, she served as a program officer of Oxfam America's Africa program.

Emira is a regular commentator on CNN’s Your World Today, BBC’s The World Today (Weekend), and appears regularly on Al Jazeera and Voice of America. She has hosted a WashingtonPost.com online chat and has published pieces in BBC’s Focus on Africa magazine, NAACP’s Crisis magazine as well as the Miami Herald, the Christian Science Monitor, New York Newsday, the Nation, the Baltimore Sun, and the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, among many others. Chair of the Board of Africa Action, Emira also serves on the advisory committee of the Zimbabwe Alliance as well as the Humanity United/Trustafrica Liberia program. She is on the Board of Directors of the Janelia Fund and is a member of the Network Council of Jubilee USA. 

A former JASS board member, Emira maintains her affiliation with the JASS community – strengthening and sustaining women’s organizing power.  She is a founding member of the Stop Firestone Campaign focused on ending human rights and environmental violations in the rubber industry.