Brings over 20 years of experience leading teams, designing and implementing large-scale professional development programs, and supporting clients as they step into roles of increasing responsibility and impact. In all of her pursuits, Erica is deeply passionate about empowering others so they may thrive. She builds capacity in others and draws out their highest potential. Erica’s clients are left with a sense of purpose and a clear course of action to bring their most important dreams to life. They learn how to take risks, ask for what they want, and show up in ways that result in higher wellbeing and achievement.
As the Executive Director of the Sasamani Foundation, Erica built education, employment, and empowerment programs to stop the cycle of poverty in Tanzania. She recently partnered with the University of Dar es Salaam to build a 4-month Women Leading Change curriculum for East African women. Erica also worked her way up the ranks as a Coast Guard officer, concluding her career responsible for service-wide leadership development curricula. Determined to create a culture of inclusion, she also co-founded the Women’s Leadership Initiative, a national nonprofit centered on increasing the retention of women in the Coast Guard through policy change, mentoring, and professional development.
Erica earned an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) designation from the International Coaches Federation, a Master’s of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master’s in Education from San Diego State, and a BS in Management from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Erica is qualified to administer and facilitate the iPEC Energy Leadership Assessment, the Leadership Challenge, DISC behavioral assessments, and the Values in Action (VIA) Character Strengths assessment. The impact of her work has been recognized and honored by the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame, the Southeastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce, the Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association, the Coast Guard Innovation Council, and the International Society for Performance Improvement.
When she’s not working, Erica is happiest hosting an impromptu dance party with her niece and nephews, trekking above 14,000 feet, being transported by an epic novel, or adding to her human pyramid photo collection.