Erin Lanahan


Erin brings more than 17 years of health care philanthropy experience and specializes in advancing community health through partnership building, grant making and strategic health system philanthropy. She also brings experience in social determinants of health, grateful patient fundraising, development performance management and trends in health strategy.

Through 2018, Erin served as Associate Director of Cedars-Sinai’s Community Benefit Giving Office which she helped to launch in 2013. In partnership with community and hospital leaders, Erin developed and implemented a proactive grant making strategy that included the flagship Community Clinic Initiative, a capacity-building endeavor for 35+ community clinics serving over 800,000 patients annually.

Other portfolios include elevating community-based behavioral health, advancing funded programs addressing un- and under-insured patients and expanding medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid-using persons. Most recently, Erin has been facilitating sessions on social determinants of health for a variety of organizations in Los Angeles County and the California Improvement Network.

Prior to Cedars-Sinai, Erin spent seven years at the Washington, DC-based Advisory Board Company, a best practice research firm. There, Erin served as the chief research expert for the Philanthropy Leadership Council, where she supported chief development officers at 750+ hospitals and health systems. She was recognized as a national expert on grateful patient fundraising and performance management.

Erin has served as a member of the speaker committee and a judge for the Awards of Excellence at the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Group on Institutional Advancement. She currently serves on the advisory board of the Institute for High Quality Care and is a member of Coro’s Women in Leadership fellowship. She recently completed a two-year fellowship for senior-level grant makers in Southern California. Erin has authored publications on planned giving, grateful patient fundraising, performance management for development officers and sustainable fundraising strategies and is a nationally-recruited speaker.

Erin received an MBA from University of California, Los Angeles where her graduate capstone project focused on exploring the market for liquid alternative investments for retail investors. She received a BA in History from Yale University. She speaks fluent French, conversational Italian and is currently learning Spanish.