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40 Under Forty: Erin Jansky, 36

8/20/2018

Director of human resources
Worcester Housing Authority

Lives: Leicester

Birthplace: Sao Paulo, Brazil (while her parents were there on business)

Colleges: University of Rhode Island, UMass Amherst

Jansky lives to volunteer, so it's no surprise she is most well known for her accomplishments at places like the Young Professional Women's Association, Friendly House, Veterans, Inc. and the Worcester Animal Rescue League. Yet, in her day job at WHA, Jansky has transitioned the agency to a paperless payroll system, implemented an employee portal for staff and created new training and employee engagement programs. She will send staff hand-written cards for their birthdays. In her two-year stint on the YPWA board – including the last year as president – membership increased 50 percent. In the three years she served as chairwoman of WARL's Wagtime committee, fundraising increased 140 percent to $55,000 annually. At Friendly House, Jansky runs the wish-list donation every holiday season to provide gifts totalling more than $10,000 to 17 families, and she negotiated the donation of a $6,000 designer closet for the nonprofit's Elm Street shelter. Jansky is a member-at-large of the Leicester Economic Development Committee, focusing on development amid historic preservation.

From 40 Under Forty judge Michael Arnum: “As Worcester's indefatigable voice for the homeless, Erin has personified a contagious compassion for her cause.”

Were you a straight-A student? Definitely not. I was bored in school. Boredom is the kiss of death for me. However, I loved and got straight As in my MBA program!

What TV character is most like you? I've been told I'm a funnier, less scatterbrained version of Leslie Knope from “Parks and Recreation.” We both love waffles.
Read about the entire 2018 Class of 40 Under Forty
Michael Alden - Ascentria Care Alliance
Che Anderson - City of Worcester
Victor M. Archila - VMA Electric Inc.
Allison Beckler, DO - YOU, Inc.
Sam Bitar - Webster Five
Mark A. Borenstein - Seder & Chandler LLP
Kate D. Campanale - Massachusetts House of Representatives
Derek Canton - paerpay
Ryan Canuel - Petricore, Inc.
Jennifer Caron - Body Therapeutics
Danielle J. Clark - Clark Career Coaching
Heidi Cooper - Cooper’s Hilltop Farm
Matthew M. Copeland, P.E. - Copeland Building Envelope Consulting
Pat Davis - The DAVIS Cos.
Efua T. Dufu, MSW, LCSW - Ellite Event Planning
Grace Elton - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Ursula Furi-Perry, J.D. - Becker College
Jared E. Gentilucci - Nitsch Engineering
David Gilchrist, MD, MBA - UMass Memorial Health Care
Alvara Gjylapi - Santander Bank
Erica Grinkis - The GazBar Sports Grill
Meredith Harris - Marlborough Economic Development Corp.
Erin Jansky - Worcester Housing Authority
Ben Jones - Boston Scientific Corp
Alexis Kelleher - Crust Bakeshop; North Main Provisions
Bert LaValley - Sustainable Comfort, Inc.; deadhorse hill & simjang restaurants
Jennifer Leger - Fidelity Bank
Brian Lemerise - Quiet Logistics, Inc.
Tom Lubelczyk - The Worcester Jazz Collective
Laura Marotta - Creative Hub Worcester
Ryan Matson - Small Business Insurance Agency
Michael P. McDonough, CPA - McDonough, McDonough & Corsini, LLP
Madeline Mendoza - NewVue Communities
Jessica Morris - MCPHS University
Nathan Oriol - Oakdale Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center (Oriol Health Care)
Nicholas Pelletier - Pelletier Properties at Keller Williams North Central
Courtney E. Pelley - Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
Lilian Radke - Unic Pro Inc.
Blaine Schnare - Harrington HealthCare System
Bonnie J. Walker - Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Learn how the winners were picked on our judges' page.