(Denver, CO) – The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) has named Erin Mewhinney Director of the Division of Early Care and Learning in the Office of Early Childhood.
Mewhinney has 20 years of experience in policy work, collaboration and education, most recently serving as the Director of the Domestic Violence Program in CDHS’s Office of Children, Youth and Families. During this time, Mewhinney worked in partnership with community-based domestic violence programs across the state to formulate client outcome goals and develop tools to measure progress and track outcomes. These efforts helped to improve services for survivors and their families. She also increased collaboration among multiple divisions within CDHS to improve outcomes for youth affected by domestic violence.
Prior to joining CDHS, Mewhinney served as policy director for Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, taught political science and policy courses at University of Colorado at Boulder, and was the first Status Project Manager for the Women’s Foundation of Colorado supporting an annual research project on initiatives improving the lives of women and girls in Colorado.
Mewhinney currently serves on the Board of the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative, the Denver Community Services Block Grant Advisory Board and the Rose Andom Center implementation committee. Mewhinney earned her BA and MA in Political Science from CU Boulder.
“Erin’s range of professional experience will allow us to address new challenges and opportunities,” said Mary Anne Snyder, Director of CDHS’s Office of Early Childhood. “We look forward to utilizing her skills to strengthen our partnerships across the state and to support continuous improvement and innovation in early learning and care programs.”
Mewhinney begins her duties August 10.