Emily Jacobi

Founder and Executive Director, Digital Democracy (Oakland, CA)

Empower youth, change the world
A 13 year old aspiring journalist’s journey from USA to Cuba did more than just provide a learning experience -­ it transformed her. As a youth journalist, Emily learned a fundamental truth: when you empower a young person, you spark a movement that can change the world. Emily’s own story is living proof. Her early experiences inspired her to create Digital Democracy, a non­-profit that empowers marginalized communities to use technology to defend their rights. From stories of indigenous communities protecting the Amazon to Haitian women combatting gender­-based violence, this talk will demonstrate how empowering youth and other marginalized communities can fundamentally transform the world for the generations to come.

About Emily:
Emily is Founder and Executive Director of Digital Democracy, a non-profit dedicated to empowering marginalized communities to use technology to defend their rights. After beginning her career as a youth journalist at age 13, Emily now pursues her passion for leveraging technology to achieve a more equitable and democratic future. She led Digital Democracy from a start-up non-profit to a leader in technology for human rights space with partners in more than 20 countries. Secretary Hillary Clinton recognized Digital Democracy for co-creating the first rape response and women’s health hotline in Haiti.

An Indianapolis native, Emily currently resides in Oakland, California.