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Erika CarlsenSenior Director of Training

Erika is passionate about leadership training and development to serve the public good. As Senior Director of Training, Erika works primarily with Coro’s mid-career and early executive leaders. Prior to joining Coro she worked at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she oversaw nine leadership development fellowship programs and the launch of the U.S. Latino Leadership Fellowship and the Lisa Garcia Quiroz Fellowship. She previously held positions at Rockwood Leadership Institute and has served on the Board of Directors of the Harvard Latino Alumni Alliance and the San Francisco LGBT Community Center. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Vesper Society, a private operating foundation. She is an alumna of the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs and the Institute for International Public Policy fellowship.

Erika holds a BA from the University of San Francisco and a Master of Divinity with a focus on meditation, mindfulness, and leadership from Harvard Divinity School.

What inspires you to work in leadership development?

We spend so much of our time and energy at work. Sometimes the work that we do professionally has meaning, and other times we may struggle to find that meaning. I work in leadership development to walk alongside leaders as they seek to find a deeper meaning in the work they do, and do that work more skillfully.

What’s your favorite book about leadership?

The Practice of Adaptive Leadership by Ronald A. Heifetz, Marty Linsky, and Alexander Grashow (Grashow is an alum of the New York Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs).

Where are we most likely to find you when you’re not at work?

Spending time in nature, remaining active, enjoying time with my loved ones, and hanging out with my two black cats, Yuri and Kahlo.