firstname.lastname@example.org Erika was born and raised in Santa Barbara. In 2001 she returned home after graduating from UC Santa Cruz and worked for over 5 years promoting sustainable transportation, especially bikes. Erika’s connection to nature comes from growing up in the foothills of Mission Canyon, exploring the vast Pacific ocean and attending Santa Barbara Middle School. Her passions include surfing, biking, listening to and watching birds, playing music, dancing salsa, and pondering how culture lives and grows. Some of the (many) reasons she loves working at WYP include its focus on learning, connection, justice and equity. Erika oversees many of the day-to-day operations of WYP and is ever-fascinated by the opportunities of building deeper connections between WYP and the many diverse communities of people, plants & animals living in Santa Barbara’s south coast.