Erin has more than 20 years of experience serving fundraising professionals. She began her career in prospect research, and has gone on to oversee areas as diverse as advancement services, operations, donor relations, communications, alumni relations, and annual giving. For eight years, Erin was the campaign director for DePaul University’s largest and most successful fundraising effort, the Many Dreams, One Mission campaign. Having also served as an interim VP for Advancement (a role to which she did not aspire!), Erin has a unique understanding of the pressures faced by campus leaders.
Erin holds a BA in theatre with honors from Grinnell College and an MA in English with distinction from DePaul University. She is a graduate of Harvard University’s Management Development Program within the Graduate School of Education. Erin has spoken on advancement services and campaign-related topics at many APRA and CASE conferences, and she has repeatedly been a guest lecturer for graduate courses in fundraising, teaching on topics such as prospect identification, campaign planning, and donor motivation.
“Erin is one of the most talented individuals in advancement at any university in the country. Her mastery of the advancement services department is coupled with an innate intelligence and creativity. Anyone lucky enough to work with or for her should jump at the chance!”
- David Lively, Managing Major Gift Fundraisers; A Contrarian's Guide