Erin S. O’Keefe is director of Loyola University Maryland’s Center for Community Service and Justice and York Road Initiative where she oversees the university’s community engagement strategies and partnerships. From 2010-2015 O’Keefe served as the founding director of Loyola’s York Road Initiative, a place-based community development strategy focused on strengthening the York Road communities of north Baltimore. Prior to joining Loyola in 2010, O’Keefe worked in community affairs for the Johns Hopkins University, as an urban policy research assistant in the School of Public Policy at UMBC, and in community services at Catholic Charities of Baltimore. O’Keefe holds an undergraduate degree in political science from Loyola and a master of public policy degree from UMBC, where she is currently working on her PhD dissertation in urban policy. She is a fellow of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute and was named one of Maryland’s Leading Women by The Daily Record. O’Keefe lives in the Remington neighborhood of Baltimore City with her partner and their rescue rottweiler and sits on the Board of Directors for Citizens Planning and Housing Association and Strong City Baltimore.