Erin Howe has more than twenty years of experience working in participatory research, evaluation and grantmaking. As a Principal Consultant at Strength in Numbers, she leads qualitative research and philanthropic strategy work and designs many of the participatory input processes that ensure the needs and voices of historically excluded people drive research and evaluation work. In this role she aims to better align funding with community needs and support activists, program officers and organizational leaders with the information to make decisions and/or advocate for increased resources.
Prior to Strength in Numbers, she worked at the Open Society Foundations (OSF), where she directed resources to Roma communities and people living with HIV and/or TB to collect data on the provision of public services and push for better government accountability, with a strong emphasis on building the capacity of activists on the ground through peer learning and exchange. Prior to her work with OSF, Erin has also held positions with Health Resources in Action, the Global TB Institute and the Harvard School of Public Health. She received a Master in Public Health from the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College. She has also been a long-time volunteer in harm reduction and is passionate about programs and services that meet the needs of people who use drugs.