Erica is an Assistant Dean of Student Services at Tennessee State University, council member-at-large, and a mother who is focused improving the city of Nashville . Erica is a frequent speaker and commentator on issues related to women and children, racial justice, public health, civic engagement, and service.
She has served as an advisor to the National Society of Leadership and Success, Dr. Levi Watkins Institute, and LeadershipTSU. Additionally, she has served on the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County At-Large Council Member, Speaker Pro Tempore, Minority Caucus President, and District 19 city council member -- earning a reputation as a strong, pragmatic legislator who champions bold, and progressive solutions to remedy Nashville's toughest challenges.
Erica is a member of a wide array of civic organizations National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials, National League of Cities, Nashville Emerging Leaders, and Young Leaders Council. In addition, she is the Founder of the Gilmore Youth Leadership Institute an initiative for young girls ages 12-18 to become more civically and politically engaged. This initiative was housed at Fisk and Vanderbilt University.
She is a proud alumna of Tennessee State University, earning a Master of Arts in English. Erica studied at The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She obtained a B.A. degree in English from Howard University, and completed coursework abroad at the American University of Beirut.