Hodges joined the Association of Women's Business Centers as CEO in January 2019 and is charged with bringing about enhanced sustainability and increased capacity to the association and its members. When AWBC and the national network of Women's Business Centers were confronted with effects of a global pandemic in early 2020, Hodges and the advocacy team sprung into action. While Women's Business Centers responded tirelessly to small business concerns in their communities, Hodges and the team championed their efforts to secure resources.
Thankfully, members of Congress foresaw the important role that Women's Business Centers would play in an economic disaster and appropriated record-level emergency funding (CARES Act) to be administered by the United States Small Business Administration (SBA). In addition to $150,000 awarded annually to each Women's Business Center, centers could access up to $420,000 of CARES Act funds giving them access to $570,000 in a single fiscal year. In addition to their own annual fundraising efforts, this unprecedented combination of funding is the highest level of funding than at any other point in history. Women's Business Centers leveraged this infusion of funds into tremendous impact.
Hodges and the full AWBC team will remain steadfast in their commitment to the growth and strength of the Women's Business Center network. Her immediate priority is the modernization and re-authorization of the Women's Business Center program while building capacity throughout the growing network of 135 Women's Business Centers.
She resides in Brunswick, Maryland with her husband of 16 years, her 14 year-old son and 9 year-old daughter. She was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, attended high school there and studied abroad in Spain where she received a dual Spain-U.S. high school diploma. Having graduated with honors, Hodges earned her BA International Studies from the University of Evansville in Indiana. She attended graduate school in Washington, DC at The George Washington University and has never stopped learning. She enjoys live rides on her Peloton, long runs on the C&O Canal Tow Path and sunny afternoons on her stand-up paddle board.
Director, Education & Engagement
Erin joined the Association of Women's Business Centers as in October 2020 and is charged with leading AWBC's training and professional development activities, as well as engagement among AWBC's members and other stakeholders.
Erin began her career in Nashville, Tennessee in a series of public relations and communications roles that spanned the music industry and Nashville’s nonprofit community. Erin served on the communications team at the Frist Art Museum, formerly The Frist Center for The Visual Arts from pre-opening through grand opening in April 2001. Erin joined the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce as the Small Business Program and Event Manager where she was responsible for designing and executing non-dues revenue generating programs that served the education, training, and networking needs of the chamber’s small business members. As part of this role, she worked with the chamber’s international business team and the local SBDC to execute training and events targeted to emerging international businesses in Nashville and Middle Tennessee.
Erin joined Bank of America, Nashville, in the Market President Network in 2005. The Market President Network evolved to become a key part of Bank of America’s Global Corporate Social Responsibility group. In a series of successive roles, Erin became the Community Relations Manager in Florida’s Tampa Bay region, managing a portfolio of nonprofit relationships in the areas of Community Development, Arts & Culture, Workforce Development and Education, and Health and Human Services. In these roles, she served as a public liaison from Bank of America to the community and worked with community leaders and stakeholders to deploy Bank of America’s philanthropic resources in support of stronger and more equitable communities.
In 2012, Erin was tapped to join the Bank of America Charitable Foundation where she managed the Neighborhood Builders program, including the Neighborhood Builders Leadership Program. The Neighborhood Builders program was a signature philanthropic initiative that covered 45 markets across the United States and provided catalytic funding and leadership development training for nonprofits and their leaders. Erin was ultimately responsible for executing the grant program across the franchise, designing the training framework for the Leadership Development Program and engaging program alumni.
Since 2016, Erin has worked for herself, helping nonprofits with independent projects; provided start up leadership for the Collective Impact Catalyst at Nashville’s Center for Nonprofit Management; and most recently managed the Board of Overseers at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Erin has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Lipscomb University in Nashville.