Project Description

Erin Sweeney

Executive Director, Newark

Erin’s commitment to urban youth, education, and Newark have been cornerstones of her work for many years. In high school, she co-founded Harvest House, a community lunch program in New Jersey. After college, she served as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer and Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow in Nigeria, Bolivia, New York, Tanzania, Germany, and Washington when she was recognized by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for working with youth and victims of human trafficking overseas.

Erin worked as Director of Strategic Initiatives for STC Newark school, St. Benedict’s Prep, and is an alumna of Leadership Newark and Emerge NJ. She earned her Masters in American Studies focused on Newark and migration at Rutgers-Newark, Masters in Public Policy & Urban Planning from Harvard Kennedy School, and Bachelors in Public Policy from University of Chicago. She can’t seem to get enough school, so Erin is studying part-time for her J.D. at Rutgers Law, where she wants to dig into legal issues plaguing families in her community.