Erie Center for Arts & Technology
Mar 11, 2020
Daria Devlin
Erie Center for Arts & Technology

Daria Devlin is a life-long Erie resident and a strong advocate for social justice and community development.

In 2019, Daria was hired as the first Executive Director of the Erie Center for Arts & Technology (ECAT) to implement a replication of the successful Pittsburgh-based Manchester-Bidwell education model here in Erie. Since the time of her hire, ECAT has secured grants from the Erie Women's Fund, Hamot Heath Foundation and UPMC through the Neighborhood Assistance Program. In August, ECAT purchased the former Wayne School from the Erie School District with a full building renovation planned for 2020.

In 2012, Daria founded the Partnership for Erie's Public Schools, a local education foundation dedicated to organizing financial and community support for Erie's Public Schools. From 2013-2018, Daria also served as the Coordinator of Grants and Community Relations for Erie's Public Schools where she was part of the leadership team that successfully secured a $14 million increase in state funding for the district after a three-year public awareness and advocacy campaign.

Daria has over 10 years of nonprofit fundraising, program development and management experience. She played a major role in securing grant funding for many of Erie's most prominent nonprofit projects including the Wayne School-Based Health Center, the Blue Coats Community-School Bridge and Erie's Community School pilot.

She is a proud graduate of the former Central High School, where she was captain of the swim team, senior class president and class valedictorian. After high school, Daria attended Colgate University and graduated in 1999 (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Russian Studies. She also holds a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Edinboro University.

Daria is an active member of her church community where she serves as Secretary of the Parish Council and the Chairperson of the church's annual Russian Troika Festival, which she organized in 2008. She also volunteers at the Overflow Homeless Shelter and the Emmaus Soup Kitchen. Daria was named a Woman Making History in 2014, one of "Four Under Forty" by the Erie Times News in 2016, Public Relations Person of the Year by the local chapter of the PRSA in 2017 and received the Foundation for Erie's Public Schools Advocacy Award in 2019. She lives in Erie with her husband Neal and her three sons, Nick, Nate and Alex.

Daria will be introduced by Rotarian Robin Scheppner.