Erin is a Senior Associate who works with people to identify and achieve common goals that make the world a safer and more equitable place, inclusive of all people living their best and most fulfilled lives on their own terms and in their own unique ways.
“I know a better world is possible if people are willing to trust facts and let go of fear.”
Erin’s most exciting work has been with Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard in Bloomington, Indiana – a holistic approach to food insecurity that operates on trust and respect and centers clients as experts and leaders; Decarcerate Monroe County – a collective of people who opposed the construction of a justice campus in 2008 and won; Indiana Recovery Alliance – an inspiring and life-changing service-provider and policy advocate for people who use drugs. Erin holds a degree in English from Indiana University.
Why are you passionate about what you do at Community Solutions?
I’ve spent my career in nonprofits successfully growing holistic, wraparound, and authentic programs, services, and solutions that address food insecurity, homelessness, and the criminalization of poverty. I’ve spent my life volunteering, organizing, and fighting for justice and equity. Knowing the power a small group of passionate people can have and how talented the team of experts at Community Solutions is, I know this is the place where I can use my experience to have the greatest impact on serving my community.
What inspires you?
I’m inspired by people who are kind, who push for positive change and equal rights for all, who care about the whole world, every individual, the environment and the way people impact it, and who are compelled to make decisions based on fact and evidence rather than ego or opinion. I’m inspired by my parents’ hard work and infinite love, the endless beauty of nature, and the power of a collective movement to change the world.
If you could offer advice to a younger version of yourself, what would you say?
I would say, “Hey self, you’re doing great!” I would tell younger me to trust myself and my intuition, to believe in the journey I’m on and the impact I can have when I collaborate with others, and to relax and enjoy the ride.