THINK Together, California’s fastest-growing extended-learning program, today announced the appointment of Erin Brinker as Executive Director for the Inland Empire region.
In this new position, Brinker is responsible for fund development and community outreach in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, including all three Inland Empire offices in Moreno Valley (Riverside County), Colton and Foothill (Ontario). She will develop and execute fundraising strategies as well as develop community connections to ensure the best possible outcomes for Inland Empire students in our partner schools.
“The vision of THINK Together is that all children will receive the support they need from family, school, and community to enable them to reach their fullest potential and become productive adults and responsible, contributing members of the community,” said Randy Barth, Founder and CEO of THINK Together. “Erin will be key in helping us to maximize the community resources necessary to support classroom learning, improve test scores and attendance, and support local school districts in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.”
She will develop and execute fundraising strategies as well as identify and work with potential funding partners and identify potential new THINK Together sites. Brinker will also be responsible for developing individual, corporate and foundation fundraising sources as well as possible collaborative partners in the Inland Empire region.
“Erin brings many years of experience working with key stakeholders and important organizations in the Inland Empire,” added Barth. “We are very excited about her expertise in corporate outreach, community relations and her proven track record in fundraising. Erin joins our organization at an exciting time as THINK Together continues to grow in the Inland Empire and provide the best extended-learning education program in the country.”
Brinker joins THINK Together after serving as the president and CEO of Erin Brinker and Associates in San Bernardino, CA. She created and executed marketing and public relations strategies for clients, as well as financial and marketing plans, qualitative and quantitative market research, event planning and social network marketing. She also has experience in nonprofit fund development, including grant writing and management, nonprofit strategic and sustainability planning and board development, and has written a total of $6.5 million in funded grants.
Brinker’s diverse experience includes serving as the assistant director of the Foundation for the START Center at California State University, San Bernardino, as well as the business manager and development director for Christian Counseling Services, a nonprofit provider of professional counseling services with a special emphasis on abused and neglected children. Her former clients include Community Hospital of San Bernardino, Santa Claus Incorporated, Time for Change Foundation and many more.
Brinker earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration at the University of Redlands, School of Business, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science with a minor in German at California State University, San Bernardino.
About THINK Together
THINK Together is one of the leading and largest nonprofit providers of extended-learning time programs (early literacy, after-school, small group tutoring, summer learning, etc.) in the U.S., serving 100,000 students at more than 400 locations across 30 school districts and more than 30 cities across a five-county footprint of Southern California (Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego) plus greater Sacramento. Partnering with school administrators and teachers, its academically oriented programs and dedicated team of 2,000 employees are helping students close the achievement gap. THINK is an acronym: Teaching, Helping, Inspiring & Nurturing Kids.
For more information, call (888) 485-THINK or visit THINKtogether.org or facebook.com/THINKtogether.