Erin grew up in Portland, Oregon. She has run safari lodges in Botswana and worked for Doctors without Borders in Sudan, Malawi and Central African Republic. She earned a master of public health degree from Tulane University and went on to manage large development teams, run multi-million dollar development programs, work with populations affected by HIV and other diseases, and consult for groups including the United Nations and the U.S. government. Erin moved back to the U.S. in 2015 and recently co-founded a company dedicated to utilizing cognitive psychology to increase financial literacy within a population. Her son is a student at NSFS.