Erin Sindewald has joined our staff as Development Manager. We asked Erin to introduce herself.
I am thrilled for the opportunity to work alongside CCH’s passionate staff, partners, and advocates to support housing as a human right.
Early in my career I worked as a case manager at a housing organization, tasked with helping homeless men, women, and families navigate complex and unjust systems. Through this experience, I witnessed countless institutional barriers that made securing and maintaining a safe and affordable place to live incredibly difficult, and often insurmountable.
We as a society must do better.
As a member of CCH’s development team, I am honored to help build and nurture philanthropic partnerships to ensure the coalition has the financial resources necessary to create positive and sustainable change in our communities.
I graduated from Grinnell College with a B.A. in English in 2008. Since then I’ve gained 10+ years’ experience with non-profit organizations, eight of them in fundraising and development. I come to CCH from the YMCA of Metro Chicago (the Y), where I worked as a grant writer. During my tenure, I managed a portfolio of more than 60 funders and secured more than $2 million to support youth development programs across the city and suburbs.
Prior to the Y, I provided community outreach services for the public library in suburban Orland Park and spent a year teaching English to high school students in Cartagena, Colombia.
I began my career at a non-profit health clinic in Washington, D.C., where I spent my days writing newsletters and grant proposals and managing media relations for both English and Spanish-language news outlets. While in D.C. I also volunteered as an English as a Second Language (ESL) tutor for recent immigrants.
I then spent five years in New Mexico, first as a case manager at a homeless shelter before moving into a development role and serving as the organization’s HMIS administrator. I later managed events, volunteers, corporate partnerships, and annual giving for Girls Inc. of Santa Fe and served as a volunteer coach with Girls on the Run.
Originally hailing from the southwest suburbs, I returned to Chicago three years ago after a decade away and am enjoying being closer to family. In my spare time I enjoy running, reading (almost) everything I see, and exploring new places.
I am excited to work with CCH to strengthen communities by advocating for policies that address the root causes of homelessness and promote a more equitable society.