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Erin Horne McKinney

Howard University
National Executive Director
Washington, D.C.
Passionate about financial inclusion, social impact, inclusive innovation, and equitable entrepreneurship, Erin Horne McKinney serves as the inaugural National Executive Director of the PNC National Center for Entrepreneurship at Howard University. The vision for the Center is to create a nationally recognized center for entrepreneurship education, research, resources, and advocacy for Black business owners across the country. The National Center will serve as a leader for Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) to enhance innovation and entrepreneurship instruction, provide real-world learning opportunities for students, and provide opportunities for faculty to engage in interdisciplinary innovation and entrepreneurship research. The National Center will also serve as a significant resource for Black communities for innovation, entrepreneurship, technology commercialization, and business growth. The National Center will be located on Howard University’s campus, and will include four regional Centers of Excellence: 1) Howard University, 2) Morgan State University, 3) Clark Atlanta University, and 4) Texas Southern University.

Erin also serves as the Chief Growth Officer for Zimbali Networks (a Web3 fintech company building an ecosystem of financially inclusive products) and she is the Founder of the global community, Black Female Founders (acquired). Erin is a seasoned executive, investor, Womanist, Afrofuturist, activist, advocate, communication scientist, and serial entrepreneur and intrapreneur with more than two decades of entrepreneurship and tech policy, venture capital, economic and business development, Inclusion/Diversity/Equity/Allyship (IDEA), and marketing communications experience.

Erin is a member of Pipeline Angels and serves as an advisor and mentor to startups, incubators, and accelerator programs. She is a founding member of the Black Innovation Alliance (BIA) and serves on the advisory board for Collider's Inclusion Open program (funded by the Kauffman Foundation), and as a Board Director for the Greater Twin Cities United Way, Tubman, and BIA. She also serves as the founding President & CEO of the African American Community Development Corporation (AACDC) of Minnesota and the Chair & Managing Partner of Minnesota Impact Partners (MIP), a real estate development firm. She is proud to be the mom of two amazing Black young men and a graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C.