Erin returned to McDowell Group in 2020 after a 12-year hiatus. Erin’s passion and experience lie at the intersection of Alaska’s renewable natural resources and human cultural and economic values. She also has significant depth in organizational management and design, as well as facility development and new project startup.
In recent years Erin developed and lead a long-running culture-change initiative, The Salmon Project. The foundation of that work is the unique interdependence between Alaskan lives and livelihoods and the state’s huge and ubiquitous wild salmon resource. The work combined focused communications and network building with intensive facilitated conversations and a laser-sharp digital media and communications strategy. It touched on fields ranging from the arts to scenario planning to regional economics and political power structures. The Salmon Project was deeply informed by quantitative and qualitative research. Erin is very interested in values-based community decision-making that is supported by data.
Erin also worked a number of years as leadership staff in the Alaska State Legislature, where she focused on renewable resource and fiscal policy.
In her free time, Erin can be found outdoors with her family, fostering a love of hiking, beachcombing, skiing and biking with her young son. She is also deeply invested in public media, having served on the boards of three separate public media corporations in Alaska. Erin is part of an Alaska commercial fishing family and has split much of her life between Kodiak and Juneau, Alaska, with additional time spent in Anchorage and Fairbanks, as well as in New England and overseas.