Erin Steva is the Midwest Director of Young Invincibles, based in Chicago. At YI, Erin oversees the office’s efforts to expand access to higher education, jobs, and health care, including serving as a member of the Apprenticeships Committee of the Illinois Workforce Innovation Board. For the last two years, YI has led a campaign focused on building youth-friendly apprenticeships in Illinois. As part of that project, we released From Medieval to Millennial: Building and Marketing Modern Youth Apprenticeship Programs, which profiled findings from surveying 200 Chicagoans about apprenticeships, conducting roundtables with an additional 75 young adults, and running a year-long leadership program with youth apprenticeship advocates. We also designed and implemented three cross-state roundtables for young adults on behalf of the Governor’s Cabinet on Children and Youth.
Prior to this position, Erin led research, advocacy, and organizing efforts at the local, state, and national level on public health and consumer-protection issues. Successful initiatives include expanding San Diego’s funding for public transportation by $3 billion, passing a ballot measure to fund high speed rail in California, and improving community health protections in the City of Los Angeles’ zoning policies. Erin has been quoted in the Los Angeles Times, San Diego Tribune, and several NPR affiliates. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from University of Minnesota and holds a Masters in Public Policy from UCLA.