Erin Imon Gavin serves in a hybrid role as McKnight’s director of program integration and a program officer on the Vibrant & Equitable Communities team. As director of program integration, Gavin leads internal work to create greater coherence in McKnight’s practices across our program areas. She also supports grantmaking and helps advance the goals of the Vibrant & Equitable Communities program.

Gavin joined the Foundation as a program officer in 2013. She managed the Foundation’s Pathway Schools Initiative – a multi-partner effort to improve teaching, leadership, and PreK-3rd grade literacy outcomes in seven Twin Cities district and charter schools. Outside of the initiative, Gavin has collaborated with a diverse group of nonprofit, government, higher education, and PreK-12 stakeholders to launch initiatives aimed at improving Minnesota’s early childhood workforce and supporting language learners. Prior to the transition to the Vibrant & Equitable Communities program, she oversaw the implementation of McKnight’s strategies to prepare, recruit, and retain diverse, effective educators and to elevate the voice of families and communities in education policy.

Gavin began her career in the classroom as a teacher and literacy interventionist in Brooklyn Center Public Schools. She is a graduate of Carleton College, completed her master’s degree in education policy at Harvard University, and earned a doctorate in K-12 Educational Leadership and Policy from Vanderbilt University. Gavin is an avid St. Paul-ite, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and dogs.