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#SPA80for80: Erin Fuller, SPA/BA ’93 and SPA/MPA ’94

Erin Fuller, SPA/BA ’93 and SPA/MPA ’94

Erin Fuller, FASAE, MPA, CAE, is a leader in nonprofit management, and credits her experiences at AU's School of Public Affairs with preparing her for her current work as president of Coulter, a nonprofit management and consulting company serving more than 20 global and national organizations via a team of 85 colleagues. She has served as the chief staff executive for organizations including the National Association of Women Business Owners, Alliance for Women in Media and the Community Associations Institute Research Foundation.

Fuller has appeared on programs including NBC Nightly News, CBS's MarketWatch, ABC News, Fox News, NPR's Marketplace, and BBC's America. She has been quoted in publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Forbes, Fortune and Newsweek.

Fuller is an American Society of Association Executives Fellow – a distinction earned by less than one percent of its membership. She also received the 2011 Alice Paul Award from American University's Women and Politics Institute for her work advancing women's causes.

She served as the president of the American University Alumni Association Board from 2010-2012. In that role, Fuller not only encouraged fellow alumni to be ambassadors for AU, but also to serve as role models for new graduates, current students and prospective students. "It's really important that we continue to identify and promote people who have interesting stories to tell," she says. "We have a very diverse legacy."


"My SPA experiences helped drive me towards a career in public service through nonprofit management. The skills I learned in undergrad, getting my MPA, and the alumni network I discovered upon graduation, all contributed to my career and development of my business. SPA graduates are everywhere - and being able to note that connection from the outset has helped advance a number of conversations critical to strategy and coalitions for the nonprofits I have led."