Erica D. Atwood is a public service leader with nearly two decades of experience in communications, project management, community outreach and advocacy. She is an experienced public speaker, trained mediator, and results based facilitator.
Erica is currently the CEO of First Degree Consulting, LLC where she assists organizations with youth development, grassroots communications, and strategic planning with a racial equity lens. She most recently served as first Director of Black Male Engagement for the City of Philadelphia in the Office of Mayor Michael A. Nutter. In this role, Erica worked to align resources and initiatives with a specific goal to reduce disparities of economic and social outcomes for Black men and boys, as well as the communities in which they live. Within city government, Erica has also directed External Affairs & Community Engagement for the Mayor’s Office and was Deputy City Representative serving as a protocol officer and overseeing management of special projects.
Through First Degree Consulting, LLC, she serves as the Senior Consultant for Cities United, a national movement focused on eliminating the violence in American cities impacting African American men and boys.
In 2008, she was named one of the 101 Emerging Connectors by Leadership Philadelphia, is a 2014 Drexel University Leading for Change Fellow, a member of the Annie E. Casey Foundation Applied Leadership Network for Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (ALN-JDAI), she was also the host of Philadelphia TEDx in 2015.
Erica is a proud mentor, an alum of Howard University and originally hails from Camden, New Jersey.