Kirstin Chernawsky

Erie Neighborhood House


Kirstin Chernawsky is just the ninth individual—and fourth woman—to serve as the Executive Director of Erie Neighborhood House, a 150-year-old social service nonprofit providing cradle to career resources to primarily immigrant families. She is a tireless advocate for the mission and brings with her a strong background in nonprofit administration and strategic fundraising.

Kirstin applies her leadership expertise by volunteering with numerous organizations across the city of Chicago. She is Board Treasurer for the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) and Chair of the Board Development Committee for Susan G. Komen Chicago. Kirstin sat on Mayor Lightfoot’s Health & Human Services Transition Committee and was appointed by Mayor Emanuel to serve on the 2017-2019 Community Development Advisory Committee.  Kirstin is also a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and a Class of 2019 Leadership Greater Chicago fellow.

Kirstin holds a Master of Science in Public Service Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, both from DePaul University.  She is a proud breast cancer survivor, avid Cubs fan, and lives in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood with her husband, dog and cat.