Erin Nora Delaney was born in Passaic, NJ on June 12, 1991 and has been a lifelong resident of Garfield, NJ where she attended Christopher Columbus School #8, Thomas Jefferson Middle School, and Garfield High School. She graduated high school in 2009 where she was in the Top 20 Seniors of her class, a member of the National Honor Society, and recipient of many prestigious scholarships, including the Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholar award. Upon graduation, Erin enrolled in the NJ Stars scholarship program where she earned an Associate’s Degree in Social Sciences at Bergen County Community College. As a result of maintaining a high GPA there, she was eligible to participate in NJ Stars II at William Paterson University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. While enrolled in William Paterson Erin began working for The Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources, A Program of Children’s Aid and Family Services on a per diem basis, working mainly on their school-based prevention programs. Once receiving her Bachelor’s Degree Erin then interviewed for a full-time position as their Coalition Coordinator for the Bergen County Prevention Coalition, which she secured. While working full time, Erin went back to school at Fairleigh Dickinson University where she worked towards her Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Public Management, of which she completed in 2016. She has now been working in the field of substance abuse for over four years. In addition to working at “The Center,” Erin also worked for the Bergen County Department of Health Services’ Office of Alcohol and Drug Dependency and now the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) of Hudson County (better known as Partners in Prevention). Through her years of schooling and labor Erin has great experience in grant work, community organization, community outreach, program development, coalition management, and event planning. Erin takes great pride in her work and also has knowledge in public speaking and presentations. She has delivered/facilitated numerous trainings for multiple entities including: the Garfield Junior Police Academy, Bergen County Juvenile Officers Association, Bergen County Social Services, the faith based community in Passaic County, school nurses across Bergen County, and countless schools throughout Bergen County. While working at The Center, a 5 year $125,000/year grant was secured for the City of Garfield. She has also been instrumental in bringing various programs to the City of Garfield, at no cost to our residents, such as Strengthening Families, Second Step, Mental Health First Aid, and Smoke Free Public Space.
Volunteerism was embedded into Erin’s values as a little girl, coming from a family of many volunteers. She has been involved in many community organizations/projects such as: Food for Thought Healthy Living, Garfield Clean Communities, Garfield Democratic Committee, many youth organizations as a volunteer coach, Garfield Events and Planning Committee, and, most recently, the Garfield’s 100th Anniversary Planning Committee. However, it is without a doubt that Erin’s great love is Mental Health and Substance Abuse Awareness. She is the founder of the Garfield Stigma Free Committee and member to the Garfield Prevention Coalition and Garfield Municipal Alliance. In her spare time she is a volunteer to the Bergen County Mental Health Division as a Mental Health First Aid Instructor in addition to being a member of the Bergen County Alliance Steering Subcommittee of the Local Advisory Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. Most recently, Erin was honored and humbled to be appointed to the Bergen County Board of Social Services by County Executive James J. Tedesco III and the Bergen County Freeholder Board. Erin looks forward to her four years as Councilwoman of the great City that she grew up in and hopes to make Garfield and even better place than it already is.