Erika Pedersen graduated from the USC Business Entrepreneur Program and spent the next 8 years building a successful career in executive level sales and marketing in the logistics, retail and technology industries. In 2004, while expanding her family, Erika secured her Interior Design Credentials from the Interior Designers Institute and launched her own residential design practice. Erika is currently a Sr. Program Manager for Appriss Retail in Irvine.
Active in her children's school and many community organizations, Erika has been an avid volunteer philanthropist in Orange County for over fifteen years. Erika began her fundraising efforts as a member of the USC JA Town and Gown, including a term as Silent Auction Co-Chair. She then joined the Tinkerbell Guild to support Children's Hospital of Orange County, taking an active role on the executive committee during her 6 year membership. Erika has held leadership positions in Mothers of Pre-Schoolers (MOPS) and as her children matriculated to elementary school, Erika joined the St John's Episcopal School PTF, developed and led community service efforts for the 25th Anniversary Campaign and chaired the St. John's Gala with record breaking net revenue. Erika was previously active in Young Presidents Organization, serving on the Chapter Executive Board as the Spouse Forum Coordinator, where she grew spouse-only events and doubled forum memberships. Erika was invited to join the 44 Women for Children to support Orange County foster youth and Co-Chaired the Annual Scholarship Luncheon. Her passion for foster youth ignited and she soon collaborated with Orangewood Children's Foundation to develop the Orangewood Holiday Tea, serving as co-chair to launch this now annual fundraising event. Erika was recruited to join the board of FOCASA (Friends of Court Appointed Special Advocates) where she served as Vice-President for 3 years to raise awareness and funds to support Orange County foster youth and served on the Executive Committee of the FOCASA Holiday Luncheon. Erika currently serves as the FOCASA Board President.
In her downtime Erika visits her parent's ranch in Bozeman, Montana. She enjoys skiing, camping, outdoor adventures, theatre, concerts and traveling with family and friends. Erika resides in Trabuco Canyon with her family.