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Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies names new Program Director, Quality of Life

March 20, 2018


Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP) has announced that Erin Bowley has been promoted to Program Director, Quality of Life. In this position, Erin will support the development of grantmaking portfolios in support of children, youth, families, and older adults, as well as managing the Quality of Life program team.

Erin joined Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies in February 2011 as a Program Officer for the Anne Ray Charitable Trust. She transitioned to support the Quality of Life domain in 2016. As Program Officer, Erin managed relationships and grantmaking working to improve the quality of life for vulnerable children and families.

Erin previously was director of civic engagement and service-learning at City College in Harlem, part of the City University of New York. From 2000 to 2008, she was the principal of Erin Bowley & Assoc. LLC, a consulting firm supporting the nonprofit, philanthropic, education, and government sectors. She served in areas ranging from grantmaking to evaluation and strategic planning.

“Erin has the unique ability to implement highly focused program strategies while also forging strong relationships with our grantee partners,” commented Elizabeth Sullivan, Managing Program Director at MACP. “Having a seasoned leader like Erin in this new role will provide support for ongoing development of our Quality of Life domain.”

Erin majored in political science and international studies at Macalester College and has a master’s of business administration concentrating in nonprofit management from the University of St. Thomas. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Stockholm, Sweden, researching public policies that affect working families.