Erin Aucar Lenssen

Associate Director for Strategic Initiatives

Associate Director for Strategic Initiatives
1400 16th Street NW, Suite 120
Washington, DC 20036-2217


Erin Lenssen is the University of Notre Dame’s Associate Director for Strategic Initiatives in the Office of Washington & Federal Relations. She helps represent the University in our Nation's Capital and supports both relationship-building and strategic efforts to connect stakeholders between DC and Notre Dame. In this capacity, Erin leads key strategic planning and organizational initiatives for the office, helping to strengthen and advance both Notre Dame’s reach and policy impact in Washington, DC.  Erin also oversees priority outreach and communications efforts, ensuring alignment with strategic objectives. 

Prior to this role, Erin was the DC-based Regional Engagement Manager for Notre Dame’s Meruelo Family Center for Career Development where she was responsible for networking and employer development in the DC area with the goal of accelerating the number of students in internship experiences and full-time positions.

In addition to her work with Notre Dame, Erin served as the Director of Operations of the nonprofit startup SENT Ventures, an organization that created a network of founders and business leaders committed to growing both their ventures and their Catholic virtues through peer coaching, mentorship, and events. She also has experience in outreach and experiential education programming from her work with the longstanding summer and gap year program, Amigos de las Americas (AMIGOS). 

Erin currently volunteers for the Hallow app as the Growth Team Lead for their community program, “Hallow Heralds”. Previously, she served on the Board of Directors for the Gap Year Association (GYA) where her efforts were recognized by the 2021 GYA Award for Advancing the Gap Year Movement and the 2020 SIS Graduate Student Award for Outstanding Professional or Policy Contribution.

Erin graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with minors in Peace Studies as well as Business Economics. As a Notre Dame student she interned twice in DC, first in the U.S. House of Representatives and later for the International Trade Administration within the U.S. Department of Commerce. In 2020 she earned her Master’s of Arts in Social Entrepreneurship with a concentration in International Education and Program Design from American University’s School of International Service (SIS).