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Erin L. Barnhart

Erin L. Barnhart, Ph.D., has developed and delivered effective engagement tools, trainings and resources for volunteers, volunteer management professionals, and nonprofit and government organizations worldwide.

The Founder & President of Effective Altruism, LLC (, Barnhart is also the Director of Operations for the American Gap Association. In addition, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Building Bridges Coalition, as a member of the Oregon Committee on Volunteerism, and as an online instructor for AmeriCorps VISTA and an adjunct professor at the University of Oregon and Concordia University-Portland. 

A former Fulbright Scholarship recipient and AmeriCorps*NCCC alum, Barnhart earned her Ph.D. in Urban Studies from Portland State University in 2012, having completed her dissertation research on global host organizations of international volunteers. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography, a Master of Public Administration, and a Graduate Certificate in Not-for-Profit Management, all from the University of Oregon.
Bio updated, April 2015