Emily Fornof is a program officer with the Africa program at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Prior to joining the Africa team, she supported the Academy of International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding as a research assistant.
Fornof joined USIP after a year at the Smithsonian Science Education Center (formerly National Science Resources Center), where she worked on a Department of Education Investing in Innovation grant to help improve K-8 science education in North Carolina, northern New Mexico, and Houston, Texas. Prior to joining the Smithsonian, she supported the West and Central Africa program at Population Services International, which strives to improve the health of people in the developing world.
Fornof also served in Peace Corps Mali, which led to her interest in West Africa. During her service in Konna, she worked with local women to help improve sanitation and nutrition for new and expectant mothers, as well as ran a program that encouraged girls to stay in school and work to generate their own income.
She holds a master’s degree in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University as well as a bachelor’s degree in international relations and geography and a middle eastern studies certificate from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA.