Erika is passionate about helping make Charlottesville a community that has opportunity for everyone. She most recently worked as the Executive Vice President at the United Way of Greater Charlottesville. Before that, she served as the Executive Director of the Charlottesville Free Clinic (CFC) and the Virginia Institute of Autism for a combined total of 20 years. While at the CFC she founded and co-chaired the Community Mental Health and Wellness Coalition, a partnership of 20 agencies seeking to create a better system of adult mental health services.

Erika is active in the community and currently serves on the President's Council on UVA-Community Partnership, the Equity Center Steering Committee and the Virginia Institute of Autism's Community Advisory Board.