We’re excited to welcome Erin McCallum as our new State Director! Erin comes to us with over 30 years of experience in nonprofit management and fund development.

About Erin

During her career, Erin has led and consulted for organizations with missions spanning healthcare, arts and culture, legislative advocacy, and education. In her most recent position as President of FIRST Washington, she and her team provided STEM learning opportunities to over 200,000 K-12 students across the state. Erin continues to volunteer her expertise with multiple STEM coalitions and initiatives, and she also volunteers with the UW Alumni Association board and the Rotary Club of Snoqualmie Valley.

Erin’s door is always open and she is excited to get to know our extended CIS network. She would love to hear from you and can be reached at erin@ciswa.org.

An Interview with Erin

Q: Why does the mission of Communities In Schools resonate with you?

I am a passionate advocate for all youth, K-12 to reach their full potential. Passion however, does not alone achieve outcomes. As a strategic leader who thrives in working with community stakeholders (educators, elected officials, parents, boards, staff, donors, volunteers, etc.) I am motivated to inspire a team of professionals and myself to deliver positive results that impact student lives and their academic outcomes. One thing that 2020 taught us was that public education is not equal for all and that we as community leaders have the obligation to help reimagine and help deliver public education so that ALL students have success.

Q: What would you like to share about yourself that’s not on your resume?

I thrive in bringing people together to make a positive impact on young people. Some of my most rewarding times have centered in working in communities and schools where private sector partners had no understanding of the needs of students and some of the challenges that they faced.

Q: Tell us a little about yourself on a personal note. Who are you outside of work?

I am an outdoor enthusiast. Our family loves to hike, bike and play tennis and golf. We live on property in North Bend and have horses so you will often find me on weekends out on a trail with a friend or two riding and enjoying the beauty of our great state.

Q: Picture yourself in this role six months from now. What three words would you hope to use to describe your time with our state office and affiliate network?

  1. Collaborative: This work is HUGE and requires different skill sets, expertise, time commitments, communication styles and language.
  2. Transparent: This work is too IMPACTFUL and IMPORTANT for students and their families. Being transparent and trustworthy is a must.
  3. Motivated: This work is IMMEDIATE. Every day students are needing extra help in a variety of ways: basics needs, socially, emotionally, academically, etc.

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