Emiily McKinin Demasi attended Duquesne University's Graduate Center for Social and Public Policy as a Peace Corps Fellows student from 2009 to 2012, concentrating on Policy Analysis and Administration. She earned a dual MBA degree while earing her MA in Social and Public Policy.
She served in Peace Corps Ivory Coast from 2001 to 2002, where she was a Water and Sanitation Volunteer in the rural village of Bounda. During her service, she worked with community leaders in water and sanitation, women in development, community development, and HIV/AIDS Education and Awareness.
While at Duquesne University , Emily completed her Peace Corps fellowship at Bridgeway Capital, a Community Development Financial Institution in downtown Pittsburgh. There she worked to examine the social impact of small business lending in the communities in the Pittsburgh area. She wrote grant proposals and reported on grant funding, raised lending capital from private and public sources, and helped develop new programs to increase lending volume.
According to Emily, being in Duquesne's Public Policy department was like being part of a family:
"My peers, both Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and Non-RPCVs were collegiate and supportive both in and out of the classroom. The professors took a keep interest in our respective thesis topics and provided the guidance and academic rigor one hopes to find throughout the thesis process."
Since leaving Duquesne University, she has worked at Zevin Asset Management, a socially responsible asset manager in Boston, MA. During her time there she has seen portions of her thesis research in practice as they examine not only the financial but social performance of the companies they hold. As an Assistant Portfolio Manager, she implements investment policy in portfolios with different financial objectives and social concerns and attends to regular communications with clients while maintainting systems and controls for all aspects of portfolio management and compliance with best practices