ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI MAY. 20, 2022 | Erika Wilson, Urban Strategies, Inc.’s (USI) director of marketing and communications, was selected as one of 25 accomplished African-American professionals under the age of 40 by the St. Louis American newspaper. The group of Salute to Young Leaders honorees is comprised of high-performing young professionals who have received significant success in their respective fields, as well as working in service to the community.
Wilson has coordinated national conferences, centralized and elevated equitable storytelling throughout nearly 40 USI communities across the country, been involved in grant writing, and supported the organization’s growth of 24 cities in four years.
Prior to her role as director of marketing and communications, Wilson worked in the Renaissance Place Community with USI. There, she supported more than 300 families in becoming self-sufficient through diverse and strategic programming partnerships.
Before joining USI, Wilson worked in the nonprofit field as a recruiter, organizer, and manager. She has also served as a community liaison for the Griot Museum of Black History and Culture.
Wilson is the board chair of St. Louis ArtWorks, whose mission is to enrich the lives of the region’s youth by providing art education, essential job skill training, and exposure to career opportunities.
She is also an accomplished violinist, activist for arts and education, entrepreneur, gardener, and candlemaker.
Founded in 1978, USI is a national nonprofit leader with extensive experience in the design and implementation of people-centered strategies, family supportive services, and community development for families in underserved urban-core residential communities. USI works with partners in 38 communities in 22 cities/territories. USI is an organization of color led by people of color seeking equitable results for children and families. For more information www.urbanstrategiesinc.org.
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