Emira Woods

Mrs. Woods is the Global Client Principal for Social Impact Programs at ThoughtWorks, a technology firm committed to social and economic justice. From 2003 to 2014, Mrs. Woods has served as co-director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies, and as an expert on U.S. foreign policy with a special emphasis on Africa and the developing world.


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, the international financial institutions, USAID and Treasury. Previous to that, she served as a program officer of Oxfam America’s Africa program. Woods completed her undergraduate studies at Columbia University and her graduate studies at Harvard.