Erin Coleman

Board of Directors

The granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, Erin learned from an early age the value of being an active leader in her community and the importance of serving others. While working her way through the public school system of Frederick, MD, she served as an officer of virtually every organization she joined -class president to president of the National Honor Society. When the   time came for college, Erin’s parents, Nat and Sharyn, told her how much money they had saved. She knew she needed more to attend Johns Hopkins, so she signed up for Army ROTC. That’s Erin: identify a goal; find a way to achieve it.

Erin graduated from Johns Hopkins with a degree in engineering and was commissioned as an officer in the 20th Engineering Brigade of the United States Army. She started her Army career as a platoon leader for a geospatial company, in a printing platoon. She deployed to Iraq as a platoon leader of a geospatial unit that worked with troops of multiple nationalities to map terrain. Afterward, she returned to Ft. Bragg, where she served as a company executive officer for the Army’s only Prime Power Battalion. In this role, she oversaw the  training of soldiers and maintenance of equipment to enable her soldiers to conduct their important mission. Through the year in which she held the position, her soldiers deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Egypt and supported FEMA in the reconstruction of electrical systems after the devastation of Hurricanes Katrina, Dennis, Rita and Wilma.

Always looking to further her education, Erin completed a master’s degree in project management while in the  Army. After her military service, she got a law degree from the University of Baltimore, School of Law. She      then spent four years as an attorney for the Corp of Engineers, where she specialized in government construction contracts and service contracts.

In 2014, Erin decided it was time to strike out on her own and she founded Yad Consulting, a project management consulting firm with over 120 years of international experience. She was recently honored by the Nashville Business Journal as one of our city’s Women of Influence in 2014 and a Veteran Business Leader in 2015.

In 2015, She decided to take the tremendous risk and run for Metro Council at Large in Davidson County.  After a hard fought race, Erin came in 6th out of 26 candidates.  She was one away from winning a seat.  Her hard work was acknowledged around Nashville.  Before her, it was unheard of that a complete unknown would beat sitting District Counsel people running for the same seat.

After the Council race, the TN Democratic Party called and asked if you would once again put herself out in the public eye as their candidate for District 20, State Senate.  For an entire year, Erin put her heart and soul into her campaign.  She ran to increase healthcare access to Tennesseans and to create a state in which people of all backgrounds, races, and sexual orientation feel comfortable and equal.  She was honored with the endorsement of President Obama and became the first TN candidate to receive an endorsement by a sitting President for a state election.  

After the election, Erin realized her place was in the law.  She started her own criminal defense firm in January 2017.  Thus far she has represented over 150 people in their cases and helping many of them get their lives back.  

Within a ten-day period in 2006, she left the U.S. Army, started law school, and married her husband, Micah. They now have three children – Batya (7), Hirsch (5), and Yael (3). Erin serves on the board of the Akiva School, Gordan Jewish Community Center, Planned Parenthood, and volunteers for Operation Stand Down, Tennessee Justice Center, Justice for Our Neighbors, NCJW and Renewal House.  She is currently the Advocacy Chair for Tennessee.