Working at the intersection of civic purpose, social good, and philanthropy for fifteen years, Erin Roberts has developed an expertise in engaging people in their communities and connecting them with the issues that matter most. From managing a $89 million capital campaign at the Francis W. Parker School and leading fundraising strategies at Chicago Metropolis 2020, to recruiting the next generation of world leaders at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and serving as Deputy Commissioner of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships for the City of Chicago, she has established a reputation for seamlessly integrating deeply rooted missions with innovative new approaches that generate meaningful outcomes.
As a catalyst for change, Erin is eager to help organizations move from passion to action. Her specialties include strategic planning, operational management, leadership development, capital campaigns, endowments, major gifts, corporate partnerships, cause marketing, special events, and membership programs. In addition to traditional philanthropic methods, she knows how to develop sales strategies and visitor experiences that increase profitability.
Prior to Joining Latz & Company, Erin served as Deputy Commissioner of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships for the City of Chicago, where she oversaw all fundraising and public engagement activities for Chicago’s world-class cultural venues and iconic events.
Erin has a strong history of incubating good ideas and stewarding initiatives to success. While working at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, she designed a Next Generation program that made abstract principles of foreign policy accessible and exciting to a younger demographic, simultaneously increasing membership and event revenue. At Chicago Metropolis 2020, she honed her skills in developing public private partnerships while working on the internationally renowned Burnham Plan Centennial. After successfully securing six million dollars in seven months, she led stakeholder engagement and a public awareness campaign that garnered more than 270 million media impressions in just one year.
Roberts is active with several civic boards throughout the city as well as for her alma mater, Denison University, where she currently serves as President of the Alumni Council. Roberts received a BS in cognitive neuroscience and a BA in art before pursuing graduate studies in art therapy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.