Erica Atwood


Philadelphia, PA

Erica’s proof is in her partnerships, which range from the boutique grassroots non-profit to Mayor’s offices, national foundations to organizations. Her imprint can be found in a history of engagements and initiatives that include the arts, racial and social justice, community revitalization and youth leadership.

Erica has two decades of experience in communications, project management, community outreach, policy-making, and advocacy. She is an experienced public speaker, trained mediator, and an innovative facilitator. She is currently the CEO of First Degree Consulting, LLC. Erica has served as the interim executive director of the Philadelphia Police Advisory Commission which is the city’s police civilian oversight board. She was the first Director of Black Male Engagement for the City of Philadelphia.  She has also led 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.

A long-time resident of West Philadelphia, if she’s not actively out saving the world one conversation at a time, Erica can be found doing any assortment of the things she loves: enjoying the company of friends, lounging with her cats or scouring streaming services for the best anime.