Erika started her career as an environmental advocate, fighting for clean water and healthy air. Working in environmental advocacy for nine years, Erika organized and empowered communities to stand up to big corporations and demand clean air, clean water, and clean energy standards. Erika successfully won legislation to limit climate pollution and mercury pollution, and to promote energy efficiency in vehicles and buildings.
After nearly a decade in environmental advocacy, Erika turned her passion for helping people to working in city government. For the past four years, she has proudly served East End residents as District 8 Chief of Staff. Erika has assisted with everything from filling potholes to mediating zoning and development issues, from leading education meetings to drafting policies that prevent discrimination against vulnerable populations, from increasing city government transparency to helping small businesses succeed.
In addition to serving the public at work, Erika is a leader in our community. She serves as Vice President of the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition and a board member of Uncover Squirrel Hill. In those roles, Erika helped plan events that make the neighborhood more vibrant and inclusive, such as the summertime Night Markets and the wintertime Lunar New Year celebrations. She is on the board of Conservation Consultants Inc. (CCI), an organization that helps families create healthier, safer, more energy efficient homes. Most Wednesday mornings you can find Erika serving as a runner mentor with PUMPed to Run, a running and walking group composed of residents of local homeless shelters. Erika lives in Squirrel Hill with her husband, Jordan, a native of Pittsburgh.