Erica became deputy director of communications in 2020 after working as a copy editor with KRC-PBPC in a project-based capacity for two years. Before joining the organization, she spent years as a fundraising researcher in various Philadelphia nonprofits such as the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center and The Curtis Institute of Music. She copy edited at the Philadelphia Tribune, the oldest, continuously Black-owned newspaper in the U.S. and then ran her own copy editing business, specializing in academic writing and writing translated from other languages.
Erica is a Philly native with a BA in English and concentration in creative writing from Haverford College in Haverford, PA, and a master’s in liberal arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s interdisciplinary MLA program with concentrations in African-American studies and women’s studies. While at UPenn, her paper “Black Female Identity in Nineteenth Century American Slavery: Dialogism and Resistance” was published in the Journal of Graduate Liberal Arts Studies. At Haverford, she was fortunate enough to have written her senior thesis under guidance from Elizabeth Alexander, PhD., professor and inaugural poet for President Barack Obama.