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Erin Lanahan

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Erin brings to Accordant more than 18 years of health care philanthropy experience, specializing in advancing community health through partnership building, grant making and strategic health system philanthropy. She also has deep knowledge of social determinants of health, grateful patient fundraising, development performance management and trends in health strategy. Erin enjoys sharing dynamic, research-informed presentations with development leaders, hospital and health system boards, and grantmakers.

Erin currently serves as the Interim Managing Director for Advisory Board’s Philanthropy Leadership Council, where she previously led research from 2004-2011. In this role, she has supported chief development officers at over 750 hospitals and health systems and has authored publications on health equity, grateful patient fundraising, performance management, and gift planning. 

Erin also served as Associate Director of Cedars-Sinai’s Community Benefit Giving Office which she helped to launch in 2013. In partnership with community and hospital leaders, Erin developed and implemented a proactive grant making strategy that included the flagship Community Clinic Initiative, a capacity-building endeavor for 35+ community clinics serving over 800,000 patients annually. Other portfolios include elevating community-based behavioral health, advancing funded programs addressing uninsured and under-insured patients and expanding medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid-using persons.

Erin has served as a member of the speaker committee and a judge for the Awards of Excellence at the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Group on Institutional Advancement. She currently serves on the advisory board of the Institute for High Quality Care, is a member of Coro’s Women in Leadership fellowship and completed a two-year fellowship for senior-level grant makers in Southern California. Erin has also authored publications on planned giving, grateful patient fundraising, performance management for development officers and sustainable fundraising strategies and is a nationally recruited speaker.

Erin received an MBA from University of California, Los Angeles, and a BA in History from Yale University. She speaks fluent French, conversational Italian and is currently learning Spanish.

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