Erin Lanigan is a strong believer in community and learning, and is passionate about supporting and growing educational opportunities throughout Idaho. As a professional, she has leveraged many unique experiences built throughout her diverse background.

Born and raised in Montana, and graduating with a BA from Carroll College in Helena in 2005, Erin created her first business shortly thereafter. Since then she has launched and redefined several small businesses, pursued teaching, taught in the classroom and moved into school administration. She has created and developed professional development curriculum and taught mastery level classes for teachers worldwide.

Shortly after her family moved to Coeur d’Alene in 2017, while exploring the opportunities CdA has to offer, they almost immediately discovered Gizmo-CdA, Inc. makerspace. Over the past four years, she has served at Gizmo as an Innovative Educator and then Executive Director. Erin has cultivated many relationships throughout Coeur d’Alene, North Idaho, and the Pacific Northwest.

Erin completed her M.Ed. in Integrative Studies in 2022. Her business and leadership experience, combined with a passion for learning, makes her a great fit to continue to raise awareness of STEM opportunities and connect Idahoans to STEM pathways in their communities. She is committed to being a driving force in the development of Idaho’s education system.

Although her very favorite thing to do is spend time adventuring with her husband, three teenage children, three rescue dogs, and new kitten, if given a few moments alone, you would likely find her reading, or playing the piano or viola.