Erin Sells is the Foundation Relations Manager at American Progress, where she facilitates foundations fundraising for several policy teams. Her background includes strategic nonprofit development, project management, writing, and research.

Sells came to American Progress from Women for Women International, a nongovernmental organization that supports marginalized women in countries that have been affected by war and conflict. As senior writer and business development officer on the strategic initiatives team, she managed the development and production of fundraising materials for both core and project-specific support from foundation, corporate, and bilateral funders. Prior to arriving at Women for Women International, she was the grant writer at Oceana, the world’s largest organization devoted to marine conservation. Her early career as an English professor included serving as chairperson of an annual lecture series and as project manager for a multivolume digital prose collection, as well as designing and teaching undergraduate courses in literature and writing. 

Sells earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in English and a doctoral certificate in women’s studies from Emory University and a B.A. in English from Westmont College. She is a native of Northern California.