Erik Halaas, he/him/his Innovation Outreach and Program Specialist

Full position title(s)
Innovation Outreach and Program Specialist
Libraries department


Erik is the Innovation Outreach and Program Specialist for the Toaster Innovation Hub - a 6,500 square foot space in the lower level of Walter library promoting student-centered, multi-disciplinary collaboration in service to innovation and entrepreneurship. Erik works to build awareness of and promote active engagement in the Toaster. He is an avid connector of people, programs, resources, and ideas and has a passion for supporting folks in bringing abstract ideas and concepts to life.

Erik has over a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector in the areas of public health, youth development, program development and evaluation, and financial development. Prior to coming to the University of Minnesota, Erik spent the last 6 years with the YMCA of San Francisco where he most recently served as a Program Development and Evaluation Executive.  


MPA in Health Policy and Management, NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

BA in Religion and American, Racial and Multicultural Studies, St. Olaf College