Erika is pursuing a Master of Divinity with a focus on Buddhism and leadership at Harvard Divinity School, class of 2015. She was born and raised in Ogden, Utah and graduated summa cum laude from the University of San Francisco with a B.A. in Politics. She was awarded the Dean’s Medal for Excellence in the Arts and was a finalist for valedictorian of her university class. She has held several fellowships, including the Institute for International Public Policy and the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs. She is the author of “Rape and War in the Democratic Republic of Congo,” one of the most downloaded articles in Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice. Prior to arriving at Harvard, she worked with Rockwood Leadership Institute, the nation’s largest leadership training organization for social change leaders. She also served on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco LGBT Community Center. She recently co-founded Arriba Latinas, the first and only mentorship organization specifically for Latina youth in Utah.
While at Harvard, Erika serves as the President of the university-wide Harvard Latino/a Student Alliance and on the leadership team of the Harvard Graduate School Leadership Institute. Upon graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in leadership development and talent management. Her interests outside of school include spending time with family and friends, biking, and hanging out with cute animals.