Erica Holzaepfel is an organizational leader and senior strategy, research, and learning professional with 20 years of experience acquired through technical and management positions with consulting firms, universities, the US government, the United Nations, foundations, and NGOs. She is committed to enhancing organizational learning and leadership development to strengthen the design, implementation, and effectiveness of investments that seek to improve the lives and livelihoods of disadvantaged, marginalized, and vulnerable populations.
As a leader and mentor of diverse staff, Erica excels at problem solving, guiding teams to develop and deliver high-quality solutions, building and maintaining relationships, and formulating strategic recommendations to improve client performance. As a learning champion and strategist, she has advanced staff and client capacity by fostering collaborative learning processes across dispersed teams and promoting evidence-based decision making through a foundation of accountability and utilization.
Erica has served as Team Leader, Primary Investigator, and Director on more than 40 evaluations, assessments, and studies conducted in over 30 countries around the world. Through these assignments, she has honed her technical expertise in gender, forced migration, humanitarian emergencies, counter-trafficking, nutrition, food security, livelihoods, conflict, human rights, agriculture, and youth.
Erica received her B.A. in Biology, Anthropology, and Environmental Studies from St. Lawrence University. She holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from Tufts University Fletcher School, as well a Master of Science in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition from Tufts University Friedman School.