Erica N. West
Community Organizer in Seattle, Washington
Erica N. West, otherwise affectionately known as "E", is invested in naming the world as it is and re/imagining the world as it could be, particularly in addressing issues of inequality, inequity, and injustice which affect the most marginalized in society. Currently focusing at the intersection(s) of community organizing, housing justice, and faith, Erica follows the way of Jesus as a guide for intersectional justice work.
Erica has work experience in the advocacy, community organizing, think tank, higher education and public sector fields. Their justice work has been centered around policy formation and advocacy within institutions, workshop and dialogue facilitation, grassroots organizing, communications, conference planning, writing and research. Erica’s work on issues such as gender-inclusive housing, faith and sexuality in the United Methodist Church, QTPOC style, and more has been featured by National Public Radio (NPR), HuffPost, and AFROPUNK, along with numerous other print and online publications.
Erica is a proud native of Alexandria, Virginia in the D.C. metropolitan area, and a graduate of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia with a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies and Government. They are currently based in Seattle, Washington and entering their second fellowship year with the Justice Leadership Program - Pacific Northwest (JLP) via the United Church of Christ (UCC). Through JLP, Erica is working with the Church Council of Greater Seattle as a faith-based community organizer focusing on housing justice in Seattle and at Liberation UCC as a Social Justice intern. They are a 2018-2019 Krista Colleague through the Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship, and an alum of the Young People For (YP4) fellowship.
In Fall 2019, Erica will matriculate to Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, Tennessee for their Master of Divinity degree. They feel called to movement chaplaincy, an emerging ministry which pairs justice work with pastoral care, but ultimately, their goal is to be the person they needed when they were younger.
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