Erin brings deep experience leading regional economic and workforce development efforts that strengthen community partnerships, build economic resilience, and provide students with meaningful career opportunities. Her work is animated by a desire to create education and labor market systems that enable people to readily access high-skill, high-wage employment. Erin has a successful history of collaborating with business, government, and education leaders to identify employer needs and align training programs to meet them. Prior to joining Education Northwest, she served as executive director of the Portland Innovation Quadrant, a multi-institutional partnership that grew out of her work as associate vice president for strategic partnerships at Portland State University. Earlier in her career, Erin worked as a Boston-based consultant providing strategy and advising services to a range of clients including state agencies, planning organizations, foundations, and business-civic leadership groups. Erin holds a doctorate in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree from University of California at Santa Cruz.
Education Northwest has such an important focus on working with students, school districts, and teachers to understand and identify where students succeed and where they face barriers. Extending this expertise and insight into postsecondary and labor market issues will open up entirely new areas of work for the organization. I’m really excited to be part of this effort.