Erin O’Connor is thrilled to join the Strolling of the Heifers as its new Executive Director. She spent over 20 years in both secondary and higher education, holding a variety of positions in both in America and Japan.
At Simmons University, she worked with the Boston Redevelopment Authority, the Boston Mayor’s Office, the U.S. Department of State, multiple colleges and hotels, event venues, charities, and corporations on behalf of the University. She has planned and successfully executed several large-scale events at various institutions: orientation, advising, Family Weekend, and commencement among them. During her time as the Dean of Students for a preparatory school in Washington, D.C., she designed and fundraised a residential curriculum, partnering with community members, businesses, and parents to provide the best education and opportunities available for the students in her care.
Each morning for the past several years, Erin has passed a small farm on her way to work. Having lived in cities and been raised in the suburbs, farms and farming were relatively new to her though she has been a regular at her local farmers’ markets and spent weekends visiting the local farms across the region. She had never considered either the origin of our food or the dignity and beauty of each animal. An open invitation from a local farmer changed her life. She was able to experience, first-hand, how farms and our food contribute to each season, how farmers mark the time through the growth and harvesting of our food: how every facet of our nation depends on the American farmer.
Born in Chicago, IL, and raised in Houston, TX, Erin has roots in New England. Her family is from Central, MA (Barre and Hardwick). Her maternal grandmother was born and raised in Kirby, Vermont. Erin holds degrees from Smith College and The University of Virginia.