Amber Erickson M.S.W.

Amber Erickson is a research manager in the Community Research Institute at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Mich. She is responsible for various aspects of project planning, data collection, analysis, and reporting for evaluation projects.

Erickson joined the Johnson Center in 2010 as a Master of Social Work intern and has also worked as a Research Coordinator for the Johnson Center. Previously, she has worked as a Research Assistant for the University of Michigan School of Social Work, as well as coordinated legislative and community advocacy campaigns for nonprofit organizations.

She earned both a Master of Social Work degree, with a concentration in Social Policy and Evaluation, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan. Amber is interested in using applied research and evaluation techniques to assist nonprofits and community collaboratives effectively serve their populations as well as research surrounding social justice and racial, gender, and economic disparities. Amber is also a board member for MomsBloom, a local nonprofit dedicated to building strong families – through peer support and advocacy – to successfully navigate the challenge of early motherhood.

Areas of Expertise 

  • Evaluation capacity building
  • Data analysis and reporting for program utilization

Speaking Engagements

  • “How Do We Get There from Here? Developing Authentic Strategies for Access to and Engagement with Marginalized Populations” – Society for Community Research and Action 15th Biennial Conference, Boston, Mass., June 2015
  • “Engaging Community Partners to Use Data for Shared Outcomes” – Society for Community Research and Action 15th Biennial Conference, Boston, Mass., June 2015
  • “The Youth Community Data Center: Integrating Out of School Time Data” – National League of Cities Annual Conference, Grand Rapids, Mich., September 2014
  • “Community Research Summit: Race and Poverty” – Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Mich., March 2014
  • “Building Evaluation Capacity in a Community-Based Nonprofit” – Council on Social Work Education’s Annual Conference, Washington D.C., November 2012

Awards & Nominations

  • Nominated for the 2015 Outstanding Internship Supervisor of the Year, Master of Social Work program, Grand Valley State University
  • Finalist for the 2015 Young Nonprofit Professional Network Breakthrough Award

News Mentions