Emira Woods is a co-director of Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), and an expert on U.S. foreign policy with a special emphasis on Africa and the developing world. She has written on a range of issues from debt, trade, and development, to U.S. military policy. Woods serves on the Boards of Directors of Africa Action, Just Associates, Global Justice, and the Financial Policy Forum. She is also on the Network Council of Jubilee USA.
Woods completed her undergraduate studies at Columbia University and her graduate studies at Harvard University. 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 United Nations, the international financial institutions, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Prior to that, she served as a program officer of Oxfam America's Africa program.
Woods is chair of the Board of Africa Action and serves on the advisory committee of the Zimbabwe Alliance as well as the Humanity United/Trustafrica Liberia program. She is also on the Board of Directors of Global Justice and is a member of the Network Council of Jubilee USA.