Erin L. Lovell (JD), Executive Director
When Erin started college at the University of Notre Dame, she planned to major in business and theater. The summer after her sophomore year she volunteered at Hibiscus Children's Center in Florida through the Notre Dame alumni supported Summer Service Program. Hibiscus was an emergency and short term shelter or placement for children, infants to twelve years of age. In the midst of the calm and chaos of the shelter, Erin found her vocation and for the first time, considered attending law school.
After Notre Dame, Erin served as an Amate House Volunteer (an Americorps program) in Chicago. Through the service learning program, Erin worked at Uhlich Children's Home. She ran an after school computer program for children in their residential facility, which housed dozens of youth a few miles from Wrigley Field. She also taught computers to grades K-8 at Uhlich Academy, a theraputic day school in downtown Chicago.
Erin received her JD from Northwestern University School of Law and then moved west to Seattle. Erin has maintained her focus on serving children and families involved in the child welfare system. From 2005-2009 Erin advocated for parents and children in King County dependency cases as a staff attorney with The Defender Association. In 2010, Erin worked collaboratively to found Legal Counsel for Youth and Children.
Erin served on the Board of Directors of Equal Justice Works (2004-2006), the Executive Committee of the Washington State Bar Association’s Juvenile Law Section (2007-2011), and the Board of Directors of Washington Defender Association (2012-2014).