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A Birmingham native, Erin Stephenson currently serves as Vice President, Client & Community Relations Director, for PNC Bank. Erin works closely with community-based nonprofit organizations in Alabama to enhance educational opportunities, with an emphasis on early childhood education, and to promote the growth of communities through economic development initiatives. Prior to joining PNC, she was a member of the staff of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham for 12 years, where she led the Foundation’s development and philanthropic services team. 

Erin currently serves various civic and community organizations as a board member, including the Homewood Board of Education, Alabama School Readiness Alliance, UAB - Alys Stephens Center Advisory Board and YWCA of Central Alabama.  She has been recognized for professional accomplishments by Business Alabama, is a member of the Birmingham Business Journal’s “Top 40 Under 40” class of 2014, and was honored by her alma mater, Birmingham-Southern College, as its 2016 Outstanding Young Alumni. 

Erin credits the unique combination of a liberal arts education and exposure to local, national and global service learning experiences at Birmingham-Southern College as critical to her career path.

She and her husband Scott have two sons, Reid (11) and Conner (7).

Why have you decided to serve as a Torchbearer for the JLB?
One Place Family Justice Center is such a powerful model to help victims of domestic and sexual violence access multiple services to help in their recovery and restoration. It seems like such a basic thing to house multiple services under one roof for women and families who’ve made the brave step to hold their abusers accountable, but the reality is that too often, services get stuck in silos. Morever, for the victims One Place serves, having to tell their stories over and over to multiple agencies or service providers can magnify their trauma.  It is really an honor to be part of this large, collaborative effort to make a permanent home possible for One Place and those they serve.

What/who inspires you to be a Light in our community?
The list of inspirational people who I have crossed paths with is long and beautiful!  I wouldn’t be who I am without my parents, who have lived an example of doing the right thing every day of my life. At Birmingham-Southern, Rachel Estes was incredibly influential in some of my earliest career choices, and I’m still aspiring to be like her now that I am a mother trying to raise children with a broader world view. I was also privileged to work for many years alongside so many great colleagues at the Community Foundation, chief among them Kate Nielsen, who modeled true servant leadership for me. And, finally, my kids – I will always do what I can to be part of efforts that make our city and state a more just place, a place they can always claim with pride.     

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