Erin Corbett, EdD
Founder & CEO, Second Chance Educational Alliance
Erin has spent almost two decades in education access in a number of roles. With experience in independent school admission, enrichment programs, and postsecondary financial aid, her commitment to expanding postsecondary opportunities for all populations has served as the foundation of her professional endeavors.
While pursuing her doctorate, Erin launched a nonprofit that provides not-for-credit, postsecondary level courses in three correctional facilities in Connecticut. In addition to the classes she taught there, and the volunteer instructors she manages, she has also taught in two correctional facilities in Rhode Island with College Unbound and guest lectured, via Zoom, to incarcerated students in the Iowa Medical Classification Center (IMCC) through the University of Iowa Liberal Arts Beyond Bars (UI LABB) program.
Erin has guest lectured in a higher education policy course at the University of Michigan in addition to being an adjunct in Spring 2019, teaching higher education policy, at Howard University. Other notable speaking engagements include events hosted by Eastern Connecticut State University (ECSU) and Connecticut College. Most recently, Erin was the Assistant Director for Applied Research at the Institute for Higher Education Policy focusing on federal policy related to the intersection of higher education policy and policy related to educational access for justice-impacted people; additionally, she was the Director of Policy at the Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice before transitioning to working with SCEA full time and consulting.
Erin holds a B.A. in Psychology and Education from Swarthmore College (PA). She earned her MBA from Post University (CT) and her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania (PA), where her dissertation examined the relationship between educational attainment level and post-release employment outcomes for formerly incarcerated people in the state of Connecticut.