Erin is originally from Marblehead, MA, and graduated with a degree in public policy from the University of Michigan. After watching the movie Slumdog Millionaire one night, she spent the rest of her bat mitzvah savings on a one-way ticket to Mumbai, India, where she lived and worked at an orphanage for girls. The experience put her previous dream of being an astronomer permanently on hold. After graduation, she spent two years working in Thailand, Cambodia, and Myanmar with children who were victims of the sex trafficking industry. One day, while in a small village on the border of Thailand and Myanmar, she met 11-, 12-, and 13-year old children who didn't know what soap was and had never washed their hands. She brought them soap from a neighboring town and watched in horror as they smacked it on their faces, scratched it with their nails, and tried to eat it. It broke her heart. She couldn't believe there were children who lived every day of their lives without something she took for granted every single day of hers. Erin was inspired by this experience to start Sundara - training women in India, Myanmar, and Uganda how to become local community hygiene ambassadors by recycling hotel bar soap and distributing the new, sanitized, bars to schools and medical clinics in need, while teaching about good hand hygiene habits.
Fields of Interest: Social Justice and Inclusivity, Service and Volunteerism