New Director of Community and Government Relations

ErikaPosted: June 11, 2012

Gannon University President Keith Taylor, Ph.D., has named Erika A. Ramalho as the University’s director of community and government relations, effective July 1.

Ramalho will oversee the University’s Erie-GAINS (Gannon Alliances to Improve Neighborhood Sustainability) community development initiative, which has expanded and built upon Gannon’s existing efforts to serve its campus neighbors. The program is focused on the area bordered by Presque Isle Bay to the north, Parade Street to the east, 11th Street to the south and the Bayfront Parkway to the west.

Ramalho will implement an overall vision for Erie-GAINS, to include establishing strategies to ensure that the program’s goals and objectives are being realized. She will work closely with governmental agencies and organizations as well as the primary Gannon University departments, such as the Center for Social Concerns, Office of Service-Learning and Center for Experiential Education, that help engage Gannon students in community service and volunteer projects. 

Ramalho most recently served as director and site administrator for PA CareerLink®, Erie County and was responsible for building and maintaining relationships with clients, government officials and others. CareerLink® is a resource for connecting employers and job seekers and provides consultation services and online access to a comprehensive database of employment-related information.

Prior to joining CareerLink®, Ramalho served as project manager/public liaison for the Erie County Executive’s Office. She managed internal and community projects for the office and established and maintained relationships with local government officials and media correspondents.

Ramalho also previously worked as a planner with the Erie County Department of Planning.

Ramalho is a graduate of Slippery Rock University, earning a bachelor’s degree in public administration, and received Slippery Rock’s award for the Outstanding Student in Public Administration. She also has taken courses through the Pennsylvania Workforce Development Institute at the Pennsylvania State University.

For more information, visit www.gannon.edu/gains. 

More about Erie-GAINS (Gannon Alliances to Improve Neighborhood Sustainability) 

Gannon University in the summer of 2010 launched the program with a focus on five key issues, all centered on urban development: