NCAT Welcomes New ECAT Executive Director
NCAT welcomes Daria Devlin as the new Executive Director to Erie Center for Arts & Technology (ECAT). Devlin brings a great blend of experience in education, nonprofit fundraising and management expertise.
Devlin is a life-long Erie resident and a strong advocate for social responsibility in its urban core. Devlin graduated from Colgate University in 1995 (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Russian Studies and History. She also holds a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Edinboro University. Devlin has over 10 years of nonprofit fundraising, program development and management experience. She played a major role in securing grant funding for many of Erie’s most prominent nonprofit projects including the Wayne School-Based Health Center, the Blue Coats Community-School Bridge, and Erie’s Community School pilot.
In 2012, Devlin founded the Partnership for Erie’s Public Schools, a local education foundation dedicated to organizing financial and community support for Erie’s Public Schools. From 2013–2018, Devlin also served as the Coordinator of Grants and Community Relations for Erie’s Public Schools, where she was part of the leadership team that successfully secured a $14 million increase in state funding for the district after a three-year public awareness and advocacy campaign.
Devlin is an active member of her church community where she serves as Secretary of the Parish Council and the Chairperson of the church’s annual Russian Troika Festival. She also volunteers at the Overflow Homeless Shelter and the Emmaus Soup Kitchen. Devlin was named a Woman Making History in 2014, one of “Four Under Forty” by the Erie Times News in 2016, and Public Relations Person of the Year by the local chapter of the PRSA in 2017. She lives in Erie with her husband and her three sons.