Emily Jacobi is co-founder and executive director of Digital Democracy, a firm that focuses on empowering marginalized communities by creating agile programs with humancentric design and on-the-ground analysis and evaluation. Jacobi oversees the Digital Democracy staff, leads strategic planning and development, and works directly with grassroots partners on program design for human rights and community engagement. Since 2007 her work has focused on researching and supporting the capacity of local organizations in closed and transitioning societies. She previously worked for Internews Network and AllAfrica.com and as assistant bureau director for Y-Press. Jacobi began her career as a youth journalist working to highlight young people’s voices in professional media. At the age of 13, she reported from Havana, Cuba on the lives of young Cubans during the Troubled Period.