Erin's focus on democratic engagement involves leading the Big Ten Voting Challenge, a friendly competition to increase student voter registration and turnout across the Big Ten Conference. Her work also focuses on diversifying the pipeline of future candidates for public office, and planning Learning in Community workshops to advance dialogue and civic understanding.
Erin is a 2015 Fellow of the Michigan Political Leadership Program, and began her first term as a Dearborn City Councilwoman in 2018. She serves on two alumni boards at the UM-Dearborn campus, and is passionate about gender equity and environmental justice, among other issues.
Erin began working at Ginsberg in 2011. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Women’s & Gender Studies from the University of Michigan - Dearborn and a Master’s degree in Education from the City University of New York-Brooklyn College.
In her free time, Erin enjoys yoga, antiquing, reading, and renovating her house. Her favorite restaurant in Ann Arbor is Sava’s. Her interests include urban planning, environmentalism, and architecture.
What do you love most about your job?
“I really enjoy our in-house team; we have a great staff. I love coming to work everyday, and working with students and observing their sessions with kids is fulfilling. My position comes with a lot of responsibility and autonomy, and involves working closely with partners in Detroit. The work we’re doing at the Ginsberg Center is very meaningful, and it’s exciting to create positive change.”
What is one piece of advice you wish you had when you were in college?
“Seek out a community as early on as you can. Find a way to get tied into campus, find a place that you can call your ‘home base.’ This opens up opportunities to get to know yourself, others, and your community.”
What Erin's colleagues are saying:
“Erin is incredibly passionate about community engagement, and embodies active citizenship inside and outside of her work at the Ginsberg Center.”
“Erin has a warm presence. She's sweet and lovable and you just can't help be happy around her.”