As deputy policy director, Erika helps coordinate the NYCLU’s affirmative legislative campaigns and responses to state and local policy proposals that implicate New Yorkers’ civil rights and civil liberties. They are proud to work with coalition partners across the state to advance community-driven reforms rooted in constitutional principles of freedom and equality. Erika’s work at the NYCLU has spanned such areas as criminal system reform, voting rights, police accountability, reproductive rights, economic justice, freedom of expression and association, and the rights of immigrants.
Prior to working at the NYCLU, Erika worked at the Criminal Appeals Bureau of the Legal Aid Society and specialized in parole advocacy. In addition to nearly two decades of community organizing and activism, Erika has advanced LGBTQ civil rights as a litigation fellow with Lambda Legal, presided over landlord-tenant conciliation as a judicial clerk in New York City Housing Court, and fought to remedy discrimination and due process violations as a fellow with Legal Services-NYC. During law school, Erika developed an economic justice pro bono project, empowering students and community members to provide services to public assistance recipients.
Erika completed their undergraduate studies in psychology and public policy at UCLA and the Luskin School of Public Affairs and received their J.D. from Brooklyn Law School. In addition to numerous public interest awards and legal fellowships, Erika has been honored as a Rising Star by the Brooklyn Law School Alumni Association, and was named one of the Best LGBTQ Lawyers Under 40 by the National LGBT Bar Association. Erika is a certified restorative justice practitioner, an adoring caretaker of plants and animals, and a fan of wandering and getting lost from time to time.