Irene Kinya Mururu
Ms. Mururu, or Kinya as she is known to her friends and co-workers, is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Administration at Howard University in Washington, D.C. prior to her graduate studies, Kinya worked for Representative Donna Edwards (D-MD04) as a Constituent Service Representative, to help constituents navigate federal agencies by acting as a facilitator and in some cases, an advocate on various issues. Before joining Representative Donna Edwards’s staff, Kinya served as a research analyst at Macro International Inc., a firm based in the Washington, DC area which focuses on research and evaluation, management consulting, information technology.
Kinya had previously worked for three years at the Montgomery County Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation; Pre-Release and Reentry Services Division as a Resident Supervisor where she served as a correctional officer and counselor to inmates participating in the reentry program. Kinya joined the Montgomery County Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation as an intern during her last year of college. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from University of Maryland at College Park.
Kinya has a strong interest in gender and social issues, and spends her free time learning and raising awareness about the challenges women face all over the world. Kinya travelled to Kenya with the International Youth Corps (IYC); Realizing the Dream, Inc. a nonprofit organization that seeks to champion freedom, justice and equality by working to redress poverty, build community and foster peace through nonviolence. Her IYC project is a collaborative study with two other Corps members to provide young leaders with dreams of elected office the tools they need to succeed in achieving their goal.
Kinya has also participated in the Prevent Human Trafficking summer program in Thailand where she was exposed to local insight and perspectives on effective strategies to combating human trafficking.
A graduate of WeLEAD: Women Bringing Women into the Power Center, a bipartisan leadership training program run by the Women & Politics Institute’s Young Women Leaders Board at American University. Kinya served as community outreach chair of the WeLEAD Alumni association. She is a member of the National Capital chapter of the US National Committee for UNIFEM (United Nations Development Fund for Women).
Kinya was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, and moved to the United States of America with her family in 2000.