Erin Stresow, Ph.D.

Assistant Director
Inclusive Education and Strategic Initiatives (IESI)

Erin Stresow (she/her/hers pronouns) is a higher education, organizational development, and nonprofit professional who is a committed educator, facilitator, and advocate of all people.


Prior to joining the University of Iowa, Erin worked at Pepperdine University in the Office of International Student Services and Alumni Affairs. Worked for Resource Exchange International assisting business owners kickstart businesses in developing nations. She worked with the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe’s government in Training and Development within Human Resources as well as for the Band’s corporation in the same capacity, provided consultation to the Chief Executive’s Office, Commissioners, and all branches of government and coinciding departments. She was a Senior Consultant for Colorado Department of Education in the Retention Department. Served as a consultant/contractor for the Federal Department of Education. Erin has been a business instructor for over a decade. She has lead trainings for business owners, corporations, nonprofits, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, and students; designed training curricula; and provided coaching and consultation related to strategic planning, succession planning, organizational restructuring, organizational leadership and development, project management, and organizational communication. She has spoken at national conferences such as Council of Alumni Marketing and Membership Professionals (CAMMP), Native Nations Events – Native American Human Resources Conference, and SoCal Consortium and her work has been featured at conferences on topics ranging from training and development, organizational development, servant leadership, alumni, marketing, communications, and human resources. She is an active alumna with Pepperdine University as a president of an alumni chapter, created foundational programming and opportunities, and has provided consultation and guidance regarding their most recent 5-year plan for alumni.


She graduated from Trident University International with a PhD in Business Administration with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership and Development and in 2020 finished her dissertation “Servant Leadership, Leader-Member Exchange (LMX), and Individual Well-Being as Pathways to Employee Engagement, Team Commitment, and Team Performance in the Modern Workplace.” She graduated from Jones International University with a master’s in Business Communication with an emphasis in Project Management. She graduated with two bachelor’s from Pepperdine University in Business Administration and Political Science.


She is a musician who plays 8 instruments, sings, an avid reader, coffee connoisseur, author, poetry writing, athlete, coach, amateur photographer, travel seeker, and home chef. She lives with her husband Edwin. She misses her dog Roma. Erin calls Colorado home. She always has a book in her bag and a coffee cup in her hand.