Emily McGinnis

Citizen Experience Lab Manager

Emily is the Citizen's Experience Lab Manager, a role in which she helps grow and engage an actionable network of innovators and organizations working to transform communities and promote citizen well-being. She also communicates and amplifies the message of the work being done in the lab.

Emily comes to BIF from the International Development field after spending four years with the Peace Corps in Peru, working first as a grassroots community development facilitator promoting youth leadership in a small, rural community for two years, and subsequently as a volunteer coordinator for the Youth Development program, and supporting national level education and gender equality programs at both CARE Peru, an international NGO, and the Peruvian government’s Ministry for Women and Vulnerable Populations. She is a progressive millennial and an intersectional feminist, passionate about global poverty reduction, gender equality, social justice, environmental conservation, cultural diversity, community development and human rights of all kinds.

Emily has a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service where she graduated Cum Laude, majoring in International Politics and receiving a certificate in Latin American Studies (the equivalent of a minor at other institutions). She studied abroad at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso in Valparaíso, Chile and also completed a summer Social Justice Immersion Program in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and was very involved in various campus clubs and volunteer activities—serving on the leadership board of EcoAction, an environmental club, writing for the university newspaper The Hoya, working as a research assistant for the Institute for the Study of International Migration, and volunteering in several education-related programs.

Outside of BIF, Emily has diverse interests but loves to read, write, travel (especially around Latin America), eat good food, enjoy live music, and spend time outdoors—hiking / trekking, running, white water rafting, surfing or soaking up the sun at Second Beach in Middletown, where she grew up. She has run two half marathons, spent four days rafting down the Amazon river and three in Costa Rica’s Pacuare, descended (and ascended) the deepest canyon in the world (four times!), trekked the Cordillera Huayhuash in Peru and Torres del Paine in Chilean Patagonia, and visited Machu Picchu three times. While she considers herself a RI native (born in Newport!), she’s spent time living in San Francisco, CA; Madison, WI; Washington, DC; Charleston, SC; Vina del Mar, Chile; Arequipa and Lima, Peru; and outside London in the UK. She also really enjoys hanging with kids—volunteering, babysitting, tutoring, mentoring, or kicking it with her many cousins—probably because she is basically still a big kid herself, and spending quality time with her family; she is the oldest of four!