Erica Maloney, DSW

Hometown:  Jeanette, PA
Joined Chatham:  2022


Labor Unions and Worker's rights; Social Work History; Youth-serving mental health systems; Suburban Poverty, particularly in the Monongahela Valley; Healthcare access; Racial Disparities in Maternal and Child Health 


Running, hanging out with my five dogs, tattoos, music, camping, kayaking, watching Golden Girls, and reading in other areas of my interest 


I have lived in the Mon/Turtle Creek Valley area of Allegheny County with my wife Ali and our two children, Serenity and Desean since 2015. We also have 5 dogs!! I am passionate about my work addressing social justice issues: racial justice; poverty (special focus on distressed inner-ring suburbs), and health equity. I worked for many years as an anti-poverty community organizer, grant writer, and intensive service case manager. As a case manager, I worked with program participants to address barriers they are facing, such as helping people with disabilities access accommodations and assisting with applying for benefits such as SSI/D, supporting drug/alcohol treatment, served formerly incarcerated people as they reintegrate into society. I have practiced in the area of mental/behavioral health delivering clinical services to children, adolescents, and young adults. I also have extensive experience in program evaluation and worked as an evaluator for a number of nonprofit organizations in Pittsburgh.


  • Doctor of Social Work, Millersville University, 2022
  • Master of Social Work, Edinboro University, 2015
  • Bachelor of Social Work, California University of PA (now Pennwest), 2012
  • Licensed Social Worker : Pennsylvania
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • LGBTQ+ Focused Training Series Facilitator, California University of PA Rural Institute of Behavioral Health, 2018, 2019
  • LGBTQ+ Focused Mental Health Professional Training Facilitator for Washington County DHS
  • PASSHE Summit on Inclusive Excellence and International Education, 2019, Intersectionality in the LGBTQ+ Community: Exploring Identities, Experiences and Challenges
  • Organizer: How to Get a Job and Keep It Workforce Development and CEU Event, 2017, 2018
  • Poverty Simulation Event Director, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2022
  • 2018 Circles USA National Conference Presenter, Intersections of Trauma and Poverty
  • Social Work Professional Development Training at Westmoreland County Community College, Complex Trauma and Disrupted Neurodevelopment, March 2018
  • Organizer: Monroeville Community Read, 2016