Erin Flynn to Strengthen Workforce Development at Education Northwest


September 21, 2020


Erin Flynn

Education Northwest is excited to welcome Erin Flynn in a new role that will expand the organization’s services in the field of workforce development and career and technical education (CTE). Erin brings 25 years of experience leading regional economic and workforce development efforts that deepen community partnerships, build economic resilience, and provide students with meaningful career opportunities.

Erin has a successful history of collaborating with business, government, and education leaders to identify employer needs and align training programs to meet them. She most recently spearheaded the Portland Innovation Quadrant, a multi-institutional partnership that grew out of her work as an associate vice president for strategic partnerships at Portland State University. Erin previously led economic development for the City of Portland.

“Erin will be an invaluable asset to Education Northwest,” said Steve Klein, director of learning design and development. “Her expertise in workforce and economic development and ability to build effective cross-sector partnerships—engaging governmental, corporate, and educational entities—reinforces our ongoing work to strengthen the college and career preparation and employment transitions of youth and adults.”

Erin’s practical expertise will build on Education Northwest’s strengths in evaluation and technical assistance, helping to translate research into action for institutional and business partners.

“Education Northwest has such an important focus on working with students, school districts, and teachers to identify where students succeed and where they face barriers,” Flynn said. “By extending that knowledge and insight into postsecondary and labor market issues, this organization has a tremendous amount to offer in this space.”