Erin works with grassroots organizing groups to conduct research projects that advance their campaigns. The work of the Research and Policy team uses a participatory action research model, in which community organizers and community members are trained to design and conduct the research and lead the work. Erin sits on the steering committee for New York City’s participatory budgeting process, and for several years she coordinated the city-wide research board for the process. Prior to joining TakeRoot Justice, she was the Policy and Research Coordinator for the Human Rights Project at the Urban Justice Center where she focused on local and national application of international human rights standards. Erin holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and a Master of Social Work from Hunter College School of Social Work, where she focused on community organizing and political social work.