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Clinton Foundation to be Discussed

Jane Erickson ’07, a contracts manager at the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc., will return to campus on Monday, Feb. 27 to speak about her career with the William J. Clinton Foundation. The talk will take place in Trinity 305 at 5:30 p.m.

As a contracts manager, Erickson is responsible for managing the review and approval of all contracts and grant agreements governing relationships for program implementation in 39 country and 17 global programs. Working for the Clinton Foundation for the past three years, Erickson started as a contracts assistant before being promoted to her current position in 2010.

Prior to working for the Clinton Foundation, she worked to increased voter registration, working with Maryland Votes with The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement and the Voter Activation Network (VAN). In this position, she advised members of the Democratic National Committee, Obama for America, and Labor Union administrators on operating the VAN web interface, including data management for the 2008 election cycle.

In 2007, Erickson served as a Fulbright Scholar in Makassar, Indonesia, where she developed and instituted an English as a Foreign Language curriculum for 300 students in a public secondary school.

Erickson currently serves as the treasurer and member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts chapter of the National Organization for Women. Previously, she served on Summit Educational Outreach, where she co-directed and secured funding for the 2008 Indonesian W.O.R.D.S. project, a national writing competition for Indonesian secondary school students.

As a William Smith student, she was part of the political science honor society, Hai Timiai, Women’s Honor Society and Laurels Honor Society. She graduated cum laude from William Smith with a bachelor’s in political science and public policy and earned four varsity letters on the William Smith lacrosse team.

In 2004, Erickson founded the HWS VOTES! project that mobilized 100 students to run a voter registration and education campaign during the presidential election. In 2005, she worked as a field organizer on Colorado’s “Vote Yes on Referenda C and D” campaign in support of higher education funding. While studying off-campus in Washington, D.C., in 2006, Erickson worked with the Maryland Votes campaign that registered 8,500 area students to vote. Amidst it all, she is one of the founders of the non-profit agency Summit Educational Outreach Program at HWS, which provides school supplies for needy primary schools in Nairobi, Kenya. She also studied abroad in Galway, Ireland, and has worked with America Reads.

In addition to studying abroad in Galway, Ireland, Erickson also founded and coordinated the NUI Galway Service Learning Program, which continues to be a key component of the Galway study abroad experience.

While at HWS, she was a Richard Abbe ’92 and Michael Gantcher ’92 Scholar and received the Charles H. Salisbury International Internship Stipend. She received numerous awards, including the Elizabeth and Ruth Young Peace Prize, William Smith Congress Award, Reverend Langdon Stewardson Award and the HWS President’s Public Service Award.

Her talk is co-sponsored by Global Education and the Salisbury Center for Career Services and Professional Development.