Jennifer McErlain is a CA native who relocated to the Bay Area for college and never left. She is a nonprofit professional who has dedicated her work to empowering underserved communities through education and access to resources. As a Resident Services Coordinator for Project Access, Jennifer worked closely with families in affordable housing across the Bay Area and built strong trusting relationships with residents while advocating for low-income and communities of color.
Her extensive experience in direct service led her to work as a Family Support and Clinical Care Manager for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). At the MDA, Jennifer provided support to individuals with neuromusuclar disease through the MDA’s specialized multidisciplinary health care clinics. In addition, she planned and directed an annual Summer camp for children with neuromuscular conditions. At the MDA, Jennifer developed an interest in fundraising and was able to pair her experience in program development and implementation and fundraising through various fundraising intitiatives at the organization.
Jennifer most recently held the position of Director of Development at the ALS Therapy Development Instititue (ALS TDI). a nonprofit biotech focused on research to cure ALS. She was personally responsible for an annual budget of half a million dollars and oversaw individual giving for the entire West Coast.
Jennifer holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from San Francisco State University and is passionate about working with urban populations and alleviating issues of food insecurity and social injustice that often plagues communities of color.
Jennifer spends her downtime refereeing fights between her two kids, hiking, gardening, attempting to cook gluten-free and vegan food that her kids will eat, and running. She lives in San Leandro with her family and dog.