Help us welcome Erin Kelley, technology advisor and strategic consultant, to the LCBH Board of Directors! Learn more about Erin, her passion for housing and technology, and her four-legged friend, Chili, below!
HOW DID YOU CONNECT WITH LCBH?
The Chicago Foundation for Women introduced me. Their board member boot camp connects women with different nonprofits. LCBH stood out to me. The mission is tangible, and the organization is making an impact. The more questions I asked the board members who I met, the more I could tell LCBH is put together well.
WHY IS SERVING ON A BOARD THAT ADDRESSES HOUSING ISSUES IMPORTANT TO YOU?
Housing is such a fundamental need. I want to be part of an organization that deals with issues at their root cause. I want to be part of an organization that is not patching holes in a leaky bucket but is working to build a sturdier bucket. LCBH’s policy work goes to the root cause of an issue and makes changes to address systemic problems.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT IN YOUR ROLE AS A NEW BOARD MEMBER?
I’m excited to get to know the Rentervention system and see how the organization uses technology. LCBH is doing many innovative things, and I’m looking forward to being a part of that.
YOU HAVE A BACKGROUND IN IT SERVICES AND CONSULTING. HOW DO YOU HOPE TO BRING THOSE SKILLS TO YOUR BOARD SERVICE?
I’m part of the policy committee and the finance committee. I built and ran a profitable business from scratch, and I hope to use that to make an impact at LCBH.
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON USING AI IN LEGAL AID SETTING?
AI for a specific purpose is going to be an innovation, it’s going to give you an additive benefit that you trained the system on and provide a self-service tool that users can interact with. AI for a specific purpose has benefits.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?
I like to garden and program to keep my skills up. I also like to spend time with my husband and our dog, Chilli. She’s a Brussels Griffon Terrier, she looks like an Ewok.
WHAT’S THE LAST BOOK THAT YOU READ?
I’m reading Andrew Rannel’s “Uncle of the Year: & Other Debatable Triumphs.”
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE?
I’m excited to be here and do some good work and problem-solving. I can’t wait to dig in.