Erika Hawthorne, emerging leader with a passion for social justice and the transformative power of the arts, started her career as a teaching artist with the Rockford Area Arts Council (RAAC). She has remained engaged with RAAC for 10 years and currently volunteers through providing communications support.
During her undergraduate studies, Erika interned with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in the Arts Education Division, which fueled her interest in funding arts programs. She remained in the DC area working to address the needs of underserved communities through programming, funding, and capacity building which led to her current role as Family Philanthropy and Events Associate at the Bainum Family Foundation.
Erika also serves on the planning committee for the Arts Administrators of Color Network and the Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy DC Steering Committee. She has served as a panelist for the NEA, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and a National Round Reviewer for the National PTA Reflections Arts Program Awards.
Erika holds a BA in Communication and Culture with a minor in Psychology from Howard University and is currently pursuing an MA in Arts Management and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management at American University.