Erin Shea McCann (JD), deputy Director

Erin Shea McCann launched her legal career as an Equal Justice Works fellow at Columbia Legal Services. Through her fellowship, and beyond, she served as co-counsel for the state’s 10,000 foster children in a class action foster care reform settlement agreement. Erin worked to ensure that the (then) more than 25,000 homeless students in Washington were properly identified and served by their school districts under federal homeless education law. She also advocated to protect the due process rights of foster children in the State Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.

Following her work with Columbia, she joined the Office of Family & Children’s Ombuds, a state agency that investigates complaints against Child Protective Services and Child Welfare Services. She later joined The Mockingbird Society where she served as the Director of Public Policy & Communications. In that role, Erin led the agency’s strategic advocacy and policy agenda at the local, state, and national level—in collaboration with young people who experienced foster care and homelessness—to improve foster care and end youth homelessness.

In 2016, Erin started her own consulting firm, E.S. McCann, LLC, where she works with communities, policymakers, government agencies, programs, nonprofit organizations, and private funders to elevate the needs and voices of vulnerable children and families.

Erin graduated from the University of Washington and received her J.D., cum laude, from Seattle University School of Law. She is the Vice President of the Board of Directors with Open Arms Perinatal Services, a nonprofit focused on strong community-based support for women through pregnancy, birth, and early childhood.

Erin enjoys adventuring, camping, and snowboarding/skiing around the Pacific Northwest with her husband and their two young children. When she is not out and about she loves spending time with her family in their garden.

Erin’s employment with LCYC began April 1, 2019. She will start on a part-time basis while she finishes her consulting projects through June. Erin will begin working exclusively for LCYC in July 2019.

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