StacyMcKinley has served as the Executive Director of Knowledge Aid Foundation in since April 2016.
Before joining the Foundation, McKinley served from 2013 to 2016 on the Board of Trustees for Knowledge Aid Foundation, she spearheaded significant educational reforms, pioneering a new model of for Knowledge Aid's 'Hands Up Scholarship for Higher Education', and developing international partnership with corporate and foundation programs to support a growing emphasis refugee and education rights.
Earlier in her career, she worked as a member of the staff of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee, as staff member of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee specializing in energy and natural resource issues, and as a manager of federal budget policy at Price Waterhouse.
Stacy served as a member of the board of Grant Makers for Education from 2001 to 2006, the last two years as co-chair and then chairperson; as ex-officio board member of the National Environmental Education Foundation from 2004 to 2006; and as a member of the steering committee of the Geography Education National Implementation Plan from 2001 to 2006.
Raised in Hartford, Connecticut, Stacy has a bachelor's degree public policy from the University of California, Berkeley.
My goals are a product of a war not so long ago. I was born in Ethiopia but the land of my father and ancestry is Eritrea. Long ago my father moved to Ethiopia and built a life for himself and his children. After many years my father came to America, and as soon as my father left, the Ethiopian and Eritrean war began and soon Eritreans were being kicked out, killed and or jailed because of their blood lineage.
At the age of 8 I was arrested with my sister while in the market place, and while some things I wish I didn’t remember, I have come to the realization that it is what has aided in molding me today. A bus took us to the outskirts of the border and we were ordered to walk the rest by foot. As we were crossing I saw the soldiers on both sides with their guns and tanks facing one another and I held my sister’s leg for comfort. The sight of being in the middle of two boarders trying to pass from one country to another by foot while the soldiers were ready to shoot if anyone shot even one pistol was one that will never leave my eyes.
Like many children around the world this experience stripped me of my childhood. Forcing me to mature much faster than normal. It was not until I opened my first Dr. Seuss book, Green Eggs and Ham, given to me by my first librarian, Ann Newhouse, that I found the true childlike feeling that war had taken away from me.