Erin Coltrera, LSW, MSW, MSSP, received a Master of Social Work (’14) and Master of Science in Social Policy (’14) from the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. She currently works for as the Research and Program Officer for the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration (SEED) and has nearly a decade of relevant experience working with a range of diverse populations and contributing to the development of complex, people-oriented policies and programs.
After graduating from SP2, Erin worked as a Child Advocate Social Worker at the Support Center for Child Advocates (SCCA). As a child advocate, she helped develop statewide child welfare policies and procedures and also co-authored the Advocacy and Legal Services section for the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services’ human trafficking manual. While at SCCA, Erin participated in the development of a special project to address the unique needs of children who have experienced trafficking and then moved into the role of Project Manager. As Project Manager, Erin provided guidance for the development and execution of agency policy and positions involving child survivors of trafficking, performed policy and legislation analysis, and worked to advance SCCA initiatives and advocacy objectives related to anti-trafficking. Her work included co-authoring the accredited Pennsylvania Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting course, as well as preparing and giving testimony to the PA Senate Judiciary Committee in support of Safe Harbor Legislation, which was successfully passed in October 2018.
After several years at SCCA, Erin moved to the Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia (AVP) to become Project Director of the Enhanced Response Initiative to Intra-Familial Homicide. While at AVP, Erin worked to increase collaboration among agencies and organizations in the government and non-profit sectors. She has assisted and taught with Dr. Amy Castro Baker of the University of Pennsylvania in the Master of Science in Social Policy and Master of Social Work programs at SP2 since 2016.