Erika K. Stanley

Nov 22, 2019

Erika K. Stanley joined the Community Foundation in September of 2019. As the Manager, Community & Capacity Building, Erika will engage community and resident leaders in key geographic areas most affected by the opportunity gap, so that their perspective is included and prioritized when developing strategy, policy, and solutions.

Before joining the Community Foundation, Erika served as the Youth Development Program Director for the Carver Foundation of Norwalk serving middle and high school scholars. In this role, she oversaw the scholarship portfolio, ensuring alumni had the financial resources to not only attend college but stay until the completion of their degree. Additionally, Erika sustained a program culture inspired by community building while fostering strong academic performance, socioemotional intelligence, and career readiness. As the YDP Director, Erika increased student enrollment and advanced educational outcomes for students in the essence of the organization’s mission to build lifetime achievers. She designed and implemented data collection systems to capture vital metrics to measure both youth programs while interpreting this data for continuous program quality improvement. Erika has also held program administration and education advocacy roles for Manhattanville College and Excel Bridgeport.

Erika holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Manhattanville College. Currently, she is a Doctorate of Education scholar researching youth voice and its influence on organizational change. Erika is a Leadership Development Roundtable alumnus of the 2015 first all-female cohort. She is the creator and host of the podcast Show of Hands whose mission is to elevate the voices of youth in urban spaces. Erika currently resides in Bridgeport and enjoys to cook, write, and travel.