Erin Hellthaler


Shaper and doer. Perpetually curious. Connector of dots. Aspiring homesteader.

Erin Hellthaler (she/her) is a Director at Third Plateau where she partners with clients to develop game-changing strategies to accelerate their impact. After graduating from the University of Connecticut with B.A.s in Political Science, Italian Cultural and Literary Studies, and a minor in Human Rights, Erin started her career serving as a Teach For America corps member in Denver. She taught second grade at a refugee magnet school several years before returning to the east coast and joining the admin team for a charter school in east Harlem, NYC where she focused on supporting teachers to improve student-level outcomes.

Wanting to contribute to systems-level change in her home state, Erin joined the Teach For America – Connecticut team and served in several capacities, first as the Managing Director of Development and then as the founding Managing Director of Operations and Learning. During her tenure as head of Development, Erin worked with a range of philanthropic partners (private families, foundations, corporations, and government programs) to support Teach For America’s mission in Connecticut and build enduring institutional relationships and programs. Across her experience on the leadership team and founding of the Operations and Learning team, Erin developed expertise in building and leading high performing teams, managing organizational performance, strategic planning, board management, business operations, and staff and organizational level learning.

Erin earned her MBA from the University of Edinburgh Business School in Scotland where she focused her studies on entrepreneurship and innovation (in addition to a thorough study of historic castles, trekking the Highlands, and local food and drink), and graduated with distinction.

Erin lives in mid-coast Maine with her husband and daughter. She spends weekends in the garden and on the trail, hosting lively game nights and themed dinner parties with friends, and taking on ambitious DIY home improvement projects.