Erin McGowan joined the Wharton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in 2007. The Wharton SBDC’s mission is to help small entrepreneurial businesses in the Greater Philadelphia region start, grow and prosper, and to enhance the education of Wharton students. Erin supports entrepreneurs and small business owners in starting and growing their businesses through an integrated program of educational workshops, information and referrals, and individual and group consulting and advises students in their co-educational consulting work. Prior to the Wharton SBDC, Erin was at a New York City-based non-profit, Housing Works, which seeks to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS through relentless advocacy, the provision of lifesaving services, and entrepreneurial businesses that sustain their efforts. Erin started her career in Corporate Services at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Erin has a BA in Anthropology from San Francisco State University and an MS in in Nonprofit/NGO Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.
After starting the Nonprofit Leadership program, I was immediately able to apply the theory and concepts to my work. As a part-time student, I was able to meet and work with several cohorts of NPL students who are incredibly creative and innovative thinkers, as well top faculty who are great teachers but also deeply engaged in in the community with a strong commitment to social change.