Chief Executive Officer, Community Action Program/Headstart Utah
Erin is currently the Chief Executive Officer for Utah Community Action, which provides services to the low-income community for Head Start, Early Head Start housing and case management, nutrition, utility assistance, and weatherization of homes. Utah Community Action serves approximately 89,000 children and their families and 600 staff. Ms. Trenbeath-Murray has over 20 years of experience in the field of Early Childhood Education. Her career spans from being an early childhood teacher to instructing at the University of Utah to her current role as CEO.
Erin has currently been working on Intergenerational Poverty work, county, state and national early childhood initiatives, homeless site selection and collective impact work, and social enterprise. She is a national speaker on implementing social enterprise in the non-profit sector. Her pilot project of the “Central Head Start Kitchen” that began serving 300 children in poverty seven years ago has grown and served 597,000 meals last year. The Central Kitchen has been recognized by the White House, the Office of Head Start, the National Head Start Association, and the National Community Action Partnership. It is a model and visited by non-profits nationally and internationally.
Erin has a Master’s degree in Family Development and Social Policy and an Early Childhood Teaching Certificate all from the University of Utah. Erin serves on a variety of Boards in the community and her true passion lies with issues related to women and children facing adversity. She serves on the Zions Bank Community Advisory Board, is a Board member of the College of Social and Behavior Science at the University of Utah, and Board member of the University of Utah Hospital. Erin was been awarded numerous awards including being named one of Utah Business’ “30 Women to Watch” and “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst and Young.