Winrock International announced Monday that Errin Stanger has been named director of its Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub. Stanger has served in numerous roles at the Hub since 2014, most recently as deputy director and acting director.
“Errin’s long history with the Innovation Hub and her commitment to creativity and equity make her uniquely positioned to lead the Hub team to solve new challenges,” said Linsley Kinkade, senior director of Winrock’s U.S. Programs. “We are thrilled to welcome her to this role.”
Winrock International is a leader in U.S. and international development with a focus on social, agricultural and environmental issues. The Innovation Hub is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring innovation and expanding opportunities for Arkansans. Since the Hub’s opening in 2014, its facilities have provided tools and training to entrepreneurs, students and other makers, preparing them to join and grow Arkansas’ economic ecosystem.
“Being the first female leader of the Innovation Hub is not something that I take lightly,” Stanger says. “My role is an example for other women that they can do this,” she said. “It is an honor to step into this position, and I am thankful to those who have walked alongside our previous leaders. I thank each of them for their support and guidance.”
Stanger takes the Hub’s helm at a transformative time, as Winrock International prepares to relocate its headquarters in 2022 within its Hub location. The Hub has been part of Winrock International since 2016. Winrock will upgrade the Hub property to include new office space to accommodate Winrock headquarters and Hub staff while enhancing program offerings and member services. With more than 22,000 square feet, the Hub has ample room for multi-use spaces, expanded programming and new resources, including developing a dedicated space for the new Best Buy Teen Tech Center. Renovation is expected to be complete in late 2022.