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Erin Chen's Favorite Resources

Erin Chen has grows effective nonprofits (and some for-profits too). Here are three books you'll find on her shelf.


Erin Chen

Chief Development & Engagement Officer

The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life

"This was the first book I read that really opened my eyes to how simply looking at a situation through a new lens could be transformative. I had the opportunity to hear Ben Zander speak at a conference hosted by the Massachusetts Youth Leadership Foundation, and his energy and enthusiasm were contagious."


Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

"If you don't know Brene Brown, you should. She is open, raw, and real; her advice applies to situations both at work and at home."


A Path Appears

"So, full disclosure: I am reading this book now, and although I am not completely finished with it, so far, it is an amazing collection of some of the most effective ways that leadership and philanthropy combined can improve – and often, save –people's lives around the world."

About Erin Chen

Erin Chen is the Chief Development & Engagement Officer at NatureServe, where she is responsible for the growth and implementation of the organization’s overall philanthropic strategy. Earlier, she was Director of Marketing and Communications at the National Foundation for Cancer Research and director at Kaplan, Inc. She lives in Virginia with her husband and two daughters.