Vice-President, Programs & Operations
A long-time resident of the Philadelphia area, Erin Hillman came to Eisenhower Fellowships in 2000 after living for two years in Sichuan, China. The first foreigners to represent the U.S. Peace Corps in this remote rural area, Hillman and her husband piloted a college teacher-training program.
Prior to living in China, she wrote and conducted research for an educational research center in Philadelphia, earned a Master’s degree in education at Temple University and taught for several years at the secondary high-school level.
She worked her way up the ranks at Eisenhower Fellowships over the last two decades, serving as a Program Officer for International Programs, Director of the EF USA Program and then Senior Director of Fellowship Programs, where she oversaw the recruitment and selection of Fellows, shaped fellowship seminars across the United States and led the programmatic development of approximately 70 Eisenhower Fellowships annually.
Named EF Vice President in 2015, Hillman oversees all programs and operations for the organization. Under her tenure, EF has hosted a number of special fellowship programs and record annual numbers of Eisenhower Fellows in 2018 and again in 2019. She played an instrumental role in the planning of EF’s global conference on the Future of Work in Malaga, Spain in September 2017, the organization’s first worldwide congress in more than an nine years, and in the Future of Education global conference in Cartagena, Colombia in February 2020.
During her four years overseeing EF programs and operations, the organization has earned Charity Navigator’s highest four-star rating each year for meeting or exceeding the highest transparency and accounting standards for nonprofits while delivering exceptional quality programs.