Winrock International on Monday announced that Errin Stanger is the new director of the nonprofit group's Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub.
Stanger has served as acting director since April, when the organization's former head, Chris Jones, stepped down to run for governor. She joined the Hub when it was founded in 2014.
Stanger is the first woman to lead the Hub, which aims to improve the lives of Arkansans by inspiring innovation and providing tools and training to entrepreneurs, students and others.
“Being the first female leader of the Innovation Hub is not something that I take lightly,” Stanger said in a news release. “My role is an example for other women that they can do this. 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 over as Winrock prepares to relocate its headquarters from Riverdale to the Hub building in downtown North Little Rock's Argenta Arts District. Winrock sold the Riverdale building for $5.4 million after the COVID-19 pandemic brought on a reassessment of its real estate needs.
It's adding office space to the 22,000-SF Hub building and making other upgrades to enhance program offerings and member services. Renovations are expected to be completed in late 2022.
“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,” Linsley Kinkade, senior director of Winrock’s U.S. Programs, said in the release. “We are thrilled to welcome her to this role.”