My name is Lynnsey Erickson and I live and work in downtown Oshkosh. I work at the Winnebago County Health Department as a Community Health Strategist, which means I work to make the community better so that people can be healthier. I work on policy and community-level changes for housing affordability, transportation, and mental health. I've also worked specifically on substance use prevention with the re:TH!NK Youth Coalition and the Winnebago County Drug and Alcohol Coalition. I previously served in AmeriCorps for 2 years at the health department.
I've enjoyed getting to know this community, from mentoring at the Boys and Girls Club of Oshkosh, volunteering with the Oshkosh Food Co-op, and being a member of the League of Women Voters of Winnebago County. I currently serve on the City of Oshkosh Plan Commission and Transit Advisory Board.
I'm also a part-time graduate student in UWO's Master of Public Administration program. Prior to that, I earned my Bachelor's degree from UW-Madison in 2014.
I grew up in New London, WI, where my parents still live with their two cats. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking and being in nature (I have a goal to hike in all of the state parks!), spending time at different coffee shops (I don't drink coffee, but I do love chai!), and making friends with dogs (and their humans too).
Nothing About Us Without Us
I believe that when residents are involved from the very beginning of the decision-making process, we come to better solutions. Too often local policies are made that impact people's lives without first hearing from them. As a city council member, I will work to make sure residents who have been ignored in our city are part of the conversation.