Erin Gar-Yun Andriamahefa joined Tahirih in 2019. As the National Foundations Grants Manager, Erin leads the foundation and grants cultivation and stewardship program. She is responsible for the submission of proposals and reports, and for leading, communicating and monitoring the grants management process. Prior to joining Tahirih, Erin was an independent consultant supporting grant writing, proposal development, facilitation, strategy and action planning and conducting research for various gender justice organizations. Erin supports local DC organization, Collective Action for Safe Spaces and has volunteered as a crisis intervention hotline advocate with the DC Rape Crisis Center. She also works with various groups including The Healing Solidarity Collective, Pop Works Africa and #BWiD (Black Women in Development) to re-imagine the international development sector by challenging and questioning the role of identity, trauma, power, and consent within the interpersonal to institutional relationships that exist as well as the systems of oppression that inherently shape the field. Erin has lived and studied in Rabat, Morocco and interned for the International Center for Research on Women in New Delhi, India, supporting research on masculinity, son preference, violence against single women, intimate partner violence and safe spaces for adolescent girls.
“Working at Tahirih aligns with my personal healing journey and my commitment to support survivors of sexual assault and gender-based violence and imagine a world without violence.”
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois