Erin Phillips has served Riverside University Health System (RUHS) as Executive Director of Advancement since October 2015. Serving also as Executive Director of the Riverside University Health System Foundation, Erin is responsible for the fundraising, marketing and communications, governmental relations, and external outreach for the consolidated safety-net health care system, which includes the Moreno Valley-based Medical Center, Riverside County’s departments of Public and Behavioral Health, as well as ten Federally Qualified Healthcare Centers located throughout the 7,000 square mile county.
Prior to joining RUHS, Erin’s fundraising background included serving as President & CEO of Children’s Fund, a dynamic non-profit organization that provides targeted gap assistance to at-risk, abused, and impoverished children throughout the County of San Bernardino. Before joining Children’s Fund, Erin served as Assistant Vice President for Institutional Advancement at California Baptist University, and worked in the Office of Alumni & Constituent Relations at the University of California, Riverside.
Erin also served as the Founding President of The Pick Group, Riverside’s young professional networking organization. Erin is a graduate of the Leadership Riverside program, and believes in service to her community. She has devoted time to serving a number of local organizations, including Path of Life Ministries, Riverside Community Health Foundation, the Raincross Group, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Empire.
Erin, a graduate of the University of California, Riverside, is married to Mark and has two beautiful children, Jade and Isaac, who together are the light of her life.
Dr. James H. Erickson is Vice Chancellor for University Advancement at the University of California, Merced and Vice Chancellor Emeritus at the University of California, Riverside.
As the former Executive Director of the UC Riverside Foundation from his arrival in 1985, annual private sector support grew from $1.6 million to more than $27 million with the addition of 26 endowed chairs. Dr. Erickson also taught in the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCR.
At UC Merced, Erickson has led a development program that has generated fourteen endowed chairs for the first new University of California campus in nearly 40 years. He has also recruited a Foundation Board of Trustees comprised of approximately 95 of the leading corporate and professional leaders from the Central Valley of California and beyond.
Prior to the University of California, Dr. Erickson served as Assistant to the President and as Dean and Associate Provost at Bradley University for 23 years.
In 1995, Dr. Erickson was awarded a Fulbright Academic Administrator Award at the International Centre for Higher Education Management at the University of Bath in England. His published studies comparing University Development programs in the United States and the United Kingdom have been widely used throughout Europe. He has also conducted seminars for European universities for The British Council and for CASE Europe. He completed a 1999 report on CEO’s of UK universities regarding their personal involvement in development activities.
Erickson was named Citizen of the Year in both Riverside, California and Peoria, Illinois. He received the Vernon Jordan Humanitarian Award from the National Urban League. He was named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men in Illinois. He received the 1999 Tribute Award from CASE (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education).
He received his doctorate from Indiana University. He and his wife Jan are both retired from UC Riverside and are parents of two adult sons, both of whom are UCR graduates.