Erin Knott is the Political Director at Equality Michigan. She is a progressive activist, who has dedicated herself to championing social and economic justice and equality for all. Erin has extensive experience working on high-impact campaigns, involving a combination of legislative, public education and organizing strategies. She began her career investing resources and human capital into Kalamazoo’s urban neighborhoods, and has spent the over a decade working on issue campaigns at the local, state and federal levels.
Erin served as the Michigan State Director for Enroll America where she worked in collaboration to coordinate enrollment efforts in the Michigan Marketplace. She previously served as the Michigan Political Director for America Votes and Deputy Director for Michigan Citizen Action. She has forged and strengthened collaborative efforts with advocacy organizations, labor unions, student groups, communities of color, faith-based organizations, and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities by working in coalitions across all levels.
Erin has made Kalamazoo her home for over twenty years. She has been on the City Commission since 2015 and is currently the Vice Mayor. Erin is the recipient of the 2012 Progressive Leadership “Grassroots Leader” Award.
Travis Guerrero is a graduate of Western Michigan University's school of Social Work. Before joining EQMI Travis was a full time student. As a part of his education, Travis interned with Communities In Schools where he helped address barriers in education that prevented students from graduating. During his time with Communities In Schools, Travis began a small, but growing, group that focused on creating a safe place for marginalized students, including LGBT youth and religious minorities.
Travis plans to return to Western Michigan University in the Fall of 2018 to begin his Masters Degree program in Social Work. As a passionate and dedicated social worker, Travis joins EQMI with the goal of improving the lives of the LGBT community. He is excited to learn and develop his organizer skills. Travis resides in Kalamazoo with his fiancé (who is also a social worker), and their three cat children.