Please join me in congratulating Erin Frederick on her promotion to program director, effective July 1, 2018. This promotion recognizes Erin’s eight years of outstanding service to the Zilber Family Foundation and to Milwaukee’s nonprofit and philanthropic communities. It also acknowledges Erin’s propensity to step into leadership, her unflagging enthusiasm and productivity, and her willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done.
Over the years Erin has worked with others to create:
- Milwaukee’s Neighborhood Leadership Institute, an eight-month training program that offers community residents and nonprofit leaders the knowledge and skills needed to improve neighborhood conditions.
- Community Connections, a program that makes grants of $750 or less to community residents to encourage neighborliness, build trust, and support local initiatives that promote safety and social well-being.
- Programs for the Community Development Alliance, a group of 85 public, business, and nonprofit leaders working to strengthen the community investment system in Milwaukee.
As program director, Erin will take on additional responsibilities in the areas of staff management, grants management, and internal operations. She will also assist with strategy development, manage a high-volume portfolio of grants, and work closely with the organizations funded by the Foundation to help ensure their success.
Before joining the Foundation in 2010, Erin directed a Medical College of Wisconsin program that funded community-academic public health projects, and held leadership positions in communications and fund development at nonprofit organizations in Milwaukee. She currently serves as an officer of the board of Wisconsin Philanthropy Network, Wisconsin’s regional association of grantmakers.
Erin has a BA in Communications and Spanish from Miami University, and a MS in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, completed while working at the Foundation. When she isn’t working, Erin lives in Wauwatosa with her husband and three young daughters.