Passionate about emerging technology and entrepreneurship, Erin Horne McKinney serves as the Mayor of Washington, D.C.’s Tech and Innovation Sector Manager representing technology firms, entrepreneurs, and organizations. Erin is a serial tech entrepreneur with nearly two decades of tech policy, marketing communications, and business development experience.
Prior to joining DMPED, Erin served in leadership roles with the National Association of Multicultural Digital Entrepreneurs (NAMDE) and the National Diversity Council. 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, the U.S. Marine Corp, and IPX International. She has 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 provides office hours to DC-based tech entrepreneurs at 1776, Canvas Co/work, and WeWork. She also serves on the advisory board of the Halcyon Incubator and the review committee for Fish & Richardson’s FISHstep program. Previously, she has served on the boards of NAMDE, the DC Metro HBCU Alumni Alliance, the Minneapolis Urban League, KMOJ-FM, the Twin Cities Intern Task Force, and the Cornelius Travelers Foundation, Inc. as well as the advisory board of DiversiTech. She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies in journalism and tech policy at Howard University in Washington, D.C.