Senior Director of Product Development & ResearchCompany: STEMconnector
Role: Session Presenter
2020 Conference Session:
Building a Diverse and Sustainable STEM Workforce
Erin White is senior director of Product Development & Research at STEMconnector, where she leads efforts to use the latest data, research and analysis to produce actionable insights for members and the field. Erin brings a breadth of experience working in the social sector, with an emphasis on translating ideas to action and creating innovative partnerships between government, nonprofits, foundations and business to tackle complex social problems.
Prior to joining STEMconnector, she served as senior director at America’s Promise Alliance, the nation’s largest network of organizations dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth. While there, she was lead researcher and author of “Our Work: A Framework for Accelerating Progress for Young People in America.” Informed by over 200 interviews and the latest research in economic mobility and youth development, “Our Work” outlines the practices and policies that will help create the conditions for young people to succeed and contribute in education, the workforce and their communities.
Erin also previously worked as a project and research leader at FSG, a mission-driven consulting firm dedicated to maximizing social impact. She primarily worked alongside communities to plan, implement, and evaluate their cross-sector, “collective impact” initiatives focusing on education, health, community development and other topics. Erin’s first role in public service was as senior advisor to the Secretary at U.S. Department of Agriculture, where she led the Faith-Based and Community Initiative. In this role, she developed policy to expand and enhance partnerships with nonprofit organizations across $19B in domestic food and nutrition assistance, international food aid, and rural development programs.
Erin has authored numerous pieces on community collaboration, policy and other topics, and has been published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review and Collective Impact Forum (a partnership with the Aspen Institute). Passionate about teaching and learning alongside community leaders, Erin is a faculty member for the Rider-Pool Foundation Collective Impact Fellowship.
Erin holds a BA in government from Harvard University and an MSc in public policy and administration, with honors, from the London School of Economics.