Erin's Farewell to the Fellowship
By Erin Kerr
Erin Kerr, Fellowship Class of 2018, concluded her Fellowship this week. Read below to learn more about where she is headed next!
After the Fellowship, I will be joining Colorado Succeeds, an education policy nonprofit based in Denver, as a communications manager. My experiences working on the communications team at El Pomar will be most transferrable to my new position, as I developed strategic content for all Foundation communications including social media, newsletters, website and design collateral while in the Fellowship. I am excited about the opportunities and challenges inherent in this position and look forward to working for an organization so aligned with my personal and professional interests. I owe a debt of gratitude to the teachers and institutions that influenced my education, and appreciate Colorado Succeeds’ efforts to protect and fight for a better education system in Colorado.
Throughout my career, I hope to stay engaged in the communities in which I work and live, whether through continued work in the nonprofit sector or social impact work. While I hope to remain in Colorado for the foreseeable future, I also can imagine ending up back in New England with my family eventually.
In addition to my career goals, I also aim to earn my Master’s in Public Administration (MPA). I went through the MPA application process earlier this year, but ultimately decided to defer my enrollment until I was settled in a new job. I look forward to continuing my education about the nonprofit and public sectors and to growing further as a leader.
The Fellowship encourages trust, communication and collaboration within a team, and the strong relationships I’ve built will certainly be something I seek out in all workplaces moving forward. From the Fellowship alumni network to senior staff within the Foundation, I have found nothing but support, kindness and guidance in the last two years. The professional development coursework taught me so much about the nonprofit sector, financial literacy, leadership and feedback, and I feel prepared to face any new experiences and challenges ready to learn, contribute and collaborate. I am forever grateful for the growth, challenges and support Fellows receive, and I know the skills and experiences of the Fellowship will stay with me in all respects.