Meet Amini Bonane, IGNITE's 22-23 D.C. Fellow

Amini Bonane is IGNITE’s D.C. Fellow. She is a Congolese American social entrepreneur, community organizer and advocate. As a nonprofit fellow at George Mason University, Amini studied Finance, Philosophy and Law; and is now pursuing a master's degree in Government from Harvard University. She is also a proud graduate of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership and The Campaign School at Yale. Amini has served and been awarded for her work in multiple leadership positions, motivated by the fight for equity for marginalized communities. When off the clock from her job in the Civic technology industry, she loves to spend her free time volunteering, watching documentaries and mentoring students through her role as founder and Chief Empowerment Officer of Brains Then Beauty. Amini is set to become her hometown’s 1st Black councilwoman, in hopes to inspire the next generation of young women to persevere and prevail no matter what. For D.C. inquiries, please contact Amini at

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