Erin Williams

Program Director, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Erin is thrilled to be joining Global Fund for Women as the Program Director for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). As a radical listener, trust-based grantmaker, and change manager, she has over 15 years of experience fighting for social justice. Erin comes from the International Women’s Health Coalition, where as a Program Officer she strategized side by side with grantee partners to advance the SRHR of girls and young women in Cameroon, Nigeria, and Kenya. In addition, Erin supported the Coalition to further embody its trust-based grantmaking model, deepen its institutional values, and was integral to the creation of its organizational culture task force and peer mentorship program.

Prior to moving to New York City, Erin lived in Botswana and worked with the World University Service of Canada. She conducted a gender analysis of a HIV testing and counseling program and partnered with women’s and queer rights organizations to reinvigorate the gender movement. Erin also served as the first Executive Director of the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women in Canada and worked to secure funding to support women with incarcerated dependents in Jamaica. Erin brings direct intervention experience in women’s shelters, as a pregnancy options counselor, and as a youth sexuality educator.

Erin holds a BA in Communications and Ethics, Society and Law from the University of Toronto, a Master of Social Work from Carleton University, and a recent graduate certificate from Columbia University in Principles and Practices of Organization Development. She speaks English and French, and can be found in yoga studios, on dance floors, or soaking in conscious theatre by fellow women of color. Erin is motivated by cultivating relationships, and tries her best to live up to these words by Kay Ryan, “Intention doesn’t sweeten. It should be picked young and eaten.”