Erika Gallegos Contreras
Erika Gallegos Contreras serves as the Lab's Corporate Program Manager, managing large events and engagement opportunities with corporate program members, as well as lead the membership renewal budgeting process.
During their time at the Lab, Erika has held many roles from designing and leading the high school and undergrad internship summer programs to co-facilitating the Seeds of Change course for two consecutive cohorts. Prior to joining the Institute, Erika dedicated a year of service to a non-profit, education-based program, City Year San Jose. Their service year included literacy tutoring for elementary school students, co-leading the after-school program, and providing overall support during the school day. They also have prior experience in community outreach in the San Jose area and greater Los Angeles area, where they received her BA in Chicana/o Studies and Labor and Workplace Studies from UCLA.
Erika is passionate about intergenerational mentorship and improving the workplace culture to create systems of learning and accountability for colleagues and partners across other teams to further emphasize and support the leadership development of women, especially women of color, and the LGBTQ+ community.