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Erika Gallegos Contreras
Corporate Program Manager

Erika Gallegos Contreras joined the Clayman Institute as a Program Analyst for the Center for the Advancement of Women's Leadership in June 2014 and is currently transitioning into her new position as Program Manager. Prior to joining the Institute, Erika dedicated a year of service to a non-profit, education-based program, City Year San Jose. Her service year included literacy tutoring for elementary school students, co-leading the after-school program, and providing overall support during the school day. She also has prior experience in community outreach in the San Jose area and greater Los Angeles area, where she received her BA in Chicana/o Studies and Labor and Workplace Studies from UCLA.  

Erika is passionate about intergenerational mentorship and improving the workplace to emphasize and support the leadership development of women, especially women of color. During the summer, she leads the high school and Susan Heck summer internship programs and describes her time with the interns as "the highlight of her year." Her spring and summers are busy preparing for the summer with the application process, leading the Gender 101 seminar sessions, weekly check-ins, and scheduling and coordinating workshops led by fellow Clayman staff. Erika is very excited she will be continuing to engage with the interns as a new Program Manager and looks forward to continuing to learn and take on new responsibilities managing the Voice & Influence Circles Program at several corporate sites and leading the Corporate Program invoicing.