Meet Erin Sullivan

Occupation: Director of Programming and Partnerships, THRIVE Academy FoundationHead Chick in ChargeMuddy Water Paddle Company; Volunteer Executive DirectorEverybody Plays Foundation 

Tell us a little about your Baton Rouge Story. What brought you to Baton Rouge?

Originally, growing up here kept me close because of family. But what keeps me here now is the work I do with at-risk kids from the city, specifically those from areas of increased violence, crime and poverty. Introducing them to the beauty that lies in and outside of Baton Rouge and then seeing the profound effects we have on their lives fuels me to stay here.  

Tell us more about how you’re involved in Baton Rouge.

Through Everybody Plays Foundation I’m able to design and implement afterschool programming that offers both in-school mentoring sessions as well as off-campus day and overnight camping programs.  

Managing Muddy Water Paddle Company has given me the opportunity to share my love of being on the water with people even though we are in the middle of a big city.  

Additionally, I’ve recently taken a position with the amazing THRIVE Academy, a residential boarding school where I have led an Outdoor Outreach team for the past six years. I am now their Director of Programming and Partnerships, aka Captain of the Fun Department! 

How are young professionals like yourself shaping Baton Rouge?

I think the majority are motivated from the heart, from an inner desire to spread love and see change in our city. Anyone can go anywhere but the goal and reason we stay is to make our native city a better place.  

What would you say to someone considering a move to Baton Rouge?

There is a lot to do here for families and you are a short drive in any direction to more adventures. There are a number of outdoor locations to get your recharge in nature as well as awesome museums and indoor fun to have while the temperatures are scorching out.   

What is your Baton Rouge favorite?

  • Place to eat: La Caretta – the food is good and fast, plus chips are there the second you sit down, perfect for dining with a toddler! 
  • Place to capture the perfect Instagram pic: LSU Lakes at sunset 
  • Place to people watch: LSU Lakes any time of day or night 
  • Place to network: Brew Ha-Ha is where I schedule all my off-site meetings 
  • Way to give back: Volunteer. Find your passion in life and then find an organization that needs your skills. There are so many people out there that could use an extra hand and a friendly smile. 
  • Event: Rockin’ at the Swamp because I’m a Rockhound!  

With significant job growth, a bustling arts scene, delectable cuisine, abundant outdoor activities and more, the Capital Region attracts talent of all ages, including young professionals. Whether straight out of college or looking to establish their own business, more and more young professionals are choosing to lay their roots in Baton Rouge.

Each month, BRAC highlights one of these young Baton Rouge Area movers and shakers in the Young Professional Spotlight.