Erin Walton



Executive Director



Erin Walton has distinguished herself as a non-profit leader with an extensive background in strategic development, fiscal planning and analysis, fundraising and relationship management, performance assessment and quality improvement.

These broad yet interdisciplinary experiences give her a unique and comprehensive perspective of nonprofit management.

Early in her career Erin decided that she wanted to be a force for good. For more than 20 years she has used her talents, skills and passion to create direct, measurable change in the lives of people and within communities.

She began her role as Executive Director of Resilience in April 2017. There she provides strategic leadership to a team of 33 staff and more than 230 invested volunteers and oversees a $2.7MM operating budget. She’s led this organization through its first full rebrand broadening the image, visual identity and opportunities to advance the mission. The organization serves over 2,000 survivors and impacts more than 20,000 people annually. Additionally, Erin has recently joined University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration as a part-time faculty.

Prior to her most recent roles, Erin served as the Development Director at Chicago Child Care Society, a 170 year old organization recognized for its work with vulnerable children, closing the access gap to quality education and resources. She focused on expanding the organization’s private funding portfolio, strategic planning, donor cultivation and stewardship, marketing and board development. Erin has also worked as Director of Quality Improvement for two organizations ensuring compliance to accreditation and best practice standards. She’s also been an adjunct lecturer at Governors State University and Robert Morris University.

As a civic leader, Erin has served as a board member of Timeless Gifts Mentoring Program and of St. Andrew Manor Retirement Community. Erin earned both her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Master of Business Administration degree at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida. She has continued her executive development at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management Executive Education Program and the Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management.

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