Emma Akpan

Emma Akpan is her mother’s daughter, a wayward church girl, and her heart rests with Black girls everywhere. She loves organizing because we get to connect the stuff that our people and community care most about with the powers that can tangibly address our concerns. She’s developed a passion for she developed her passion in women’s reproductive health policy by volunteering at Planned Parenthood and frequently speaking at rallies and at the state legislature on reproductive health policy. In her work like she’s worked at the North Carolina state table, been an organizer at Planned Parenthood, and a data director at NextGen Climate.

Emma Akpan is a member of Echoing Ida, a women's writing collective which seeks to raise the voices of Black women in the media. As a project of Forward Together, Emma has been published in Rewire News, Huffington Post, Ebony, Bustle, Women Advance and the Raleigh News and Observer, writing on the intersections of race, religion, and reproductive justice.

She’s not just an organizer, she love working out at the gym, reading books written by international women of color, and gaming, especially games with post-apocalyptic narratives. Or sometimes it’s not that deep. She likes shooter games. Especially Mass Effect Andromeda.