Erin Sorenson, CEO

Erin Sorenson brings 23 years of experience in applying strategic planning and critical thinking to advance nonprofit missions to create long lasting social change. Prior to launching Third Stage Consulting in 2011, Erin was the Chief Programs Officer for the BeCause Foundation, a foundation dedicated to the power of documentary filmmaking and its fusion with creative outreach and engagement projects. While there, she worked with filmmakers to develop relationships with nonprofit organizations. Using storytelling to enhance their missions she worked with filmmakers and change-makers to develop outreach strategy and long-term legacy project development.

Prior to directing programs at the BeCause Foundation, Erin spent 18 years developing non-profits from the ground up. Working with Chicago’s former Mayor Daley, Erin founded Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center; one of the nation’s largest programs serving sexually abused children. In 2002, Erin was selected as the Illinois Social Worker of the Year and Chicago Magazine’s Chicagoan of the Year.

Erin has a master’s degree in Social Service Administration from University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration and a Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership from Harvard’s Business School.


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