The word of the year is gratitude. Last week I concluded 400 days of a wonderful Campaign for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.
Growing up in Colombia during war years, my goal was to one day become president and change my corner of the world. I saw so much pain and destruction…
Providence District’s schools and roads are bursting at the seams because of shortsighted solutions. This is the case of Blake Lane Park (BLP).
I live in Fairfax County, Northern Virginia. We have the largest Democratic population in the state and some of the most prosperous zip codes in the…
Rotonda Condominium Unit Owners’ Association (HOA/CUOA)
Member, Board of Directors
Rotonda is one of the largest and best managed HOAs in the Washington Metropolitan Region, with almost 3,000 residents and a myriad of services. Erika has worked with various volunteer resident committees: Communications, Elections, Facilities, Children’s Activities, Welcoming new residents.
Providence District Council
Local Organization of home owners’ associations. Non-partisan. Composed by volunteer representatives of member HOAs.
Emerging Leaders Council
Local partnership of businesses, residents and government working collaboratively to build and prepare Tysons to become “America’s Next Great City.”
Fairfax Federation of Citizens Associations
Organization that encompasses the various District Councils representing Fairfax County’s districts.
Virginia Menstrual Equity Coalition
Founding member. Non-partisan coalition composed by groups and individuals with an interest in menstrual equity, sharing the belief that access to menstrual products are intrinsically related to the dignity and health of menstruating individuals and promotes increased access of menstrual products in shelters, schools and correctional facilities and general affordability including tax exemption.
Fairfax County Democratic Committee
Co-Chairing Precinct Captain of the Tysons and Rotonda precincts.
Member and collaborator for the State and Local Affairs Committee, Women’s Issues Committee, Finance Committee and Voter Registration and Education Committee.
Work in Local Government
Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Service Unit. Arlington, Virginia.
Office for Women and Domestic & Sexual Violence (OFWDSVS). Fairfax County, Virginia.
Hispanic College Fund. Erika coordinated thousands of volunteers and worked on encouraging hundreds of Hispanic youth in six states to pursue college education.
Saint Thomas Apostle, Catholic Church. Washington D.C.
St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. Falls Church, Virginia
Erika helped adult immigrants pursue better jobs as an ESL instructor for two years.
The Women’s Center. Vienna, Virginia
Volunteered for a partnership with the Domestic Violence Action Center in Fairfax to furnish a center servicing victim of domestic and sexual violence that included a free wardrobe with Court or job interview attire and a pantry.
Bringing Resources to Aid Women’s Shelters (BRAWS)
Shelter distribution volunteer
Member of the Advisory Board
After completing a successful internship at an International consulting firm in Washington, D.C., Erika was hired as an International Consultant for international trade projects and collaboration for publications that helped small and medium businesses export and procure goods and services to the U.S. Federal Government.
Hispanic College Fund (extinct). Non-profit organization that supported college scholarships and support programs for excelling and at-risk Hispanic youth nationwide.
Small Business Owner. Owned a small business offering online marketing services
Sales & Merchandising
Erika performed as a top 15 sales representative in the nation for an internationally recognized luxury brand.
Political Management & Governance, International program.
George Washington University, Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) & Universidad del Rosario.
Political Science & Government
Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá Colombia
Sabbatical experience in the United Kingdom and Europe
Volunteering: Amnesty International. Campaigns Department. She worked for the Stop Violence Against Women and Arms Control campaigns among others and in the Urgent Action Team processing urgent government replies.
Study: English and professional skills at the University of Greenwich.
Work: Restaurant server. The Trafalgar Tavern, Greenwich - London.
Backpack travel: England, Scotland, Spain, Germany.
Other travel experience: Colombia, Argentina, Mexico, Peru.
Erika was born in Colombia and grew up in Bogotá during the difficult times in the 80s and 90s. The long period of violence there inspired her to serve from a young age.
- Coalition for Smarter Growth (CSG)
- Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL)
- Sierra Club Northern Virginia Chapter
- Friends of Accotink Creek
- Moms Demand Action
- Everytown for Gun Safety in America
- Washington Area Bicyclists Association (WABA)
- Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling (FABB)
- Fairfax County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
- Democratic Latino Organization of Virginia (DLOV)
- League of Women Voters (LWV)
- McClean Newcomers & Neighbors
- Fairfax Committee of 100
- Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations
- Fairfax County Democratic Committee
- Providence District Democratic Committee
- Network NoVA
- Our Revolution
- Liberal Women of Chesterfield County and Beyond (LWCC)
- Interfaith Dialogue
- Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions