Erika Milena Yalowitz
Every day is a good day to make an impact in the Fairfax community.
As a full time worker and a full time volunteer, I enjoy serving my neighbors and the Providence District. I serve as a Court Officer in a neighboring county. From working on the board of my homeowners’ association, serving as the Vice-President of the Providence District Council (PDC), the Corresponding Secretary at the Fairfax Federation and a member of the Emerging Leaders Council of the Tyson Partnership, I am working hard to make Fairfax a great place to live.
That is why I aspire to represent the Providence District on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.
Growing up in Colombia during a time of war inspired me to make a difference in my community. I pursued an education that could accomplish this. I hold two bachelors degrees in Political Science and International Relations and a graduate studies degree in Political Management and Governance. I traveled around South America and Europe, where I worked on human rights campaigns in the early 2000s.
Serving the community and protecting the environment are two of my passions. I have spent my time teaching English to immigrants, distributing menstrual products at homeless shelters and cleaning up trash in our rivers, streams and public places.
My husband and I are instilling this same value of service in my young daughter. The three of us live in the Tysons area of Providence District with our German Shepherd, Titus. .
Rotonda Condominium Unit Owners’ Association (HOA/CUOA)
Member, Board of Directors
Rotonda is one of the largest and best managed HOAs in the Washington Metropolitan Region, with almost 3,000 residents and a myriad of services. Erika has worked with various volunteer resident committees: Communications, Elections, Facilities, Children’s Activities, Welcoming new residents.
Providence District Council
Local Organization of home owners’ associations. Non-partisan. Composed by volunteer representatives of member HOAs.
Emerging Leaders Council
Local partnership of businesses, residents and government working collaboratively to build and prepare Tysons to become “America’s Next Great City.”
Fairfax Federation of Citizens Associations
Organization that encompasses the various District Councils representing Fairfax County’s districts.
Virginia Menstrual Equity Coalition
Founding member. Non-partisan coalition composed by groups and individuals with an interest in menstrual equity, sharing the belief that access to menstrual products are intrinsically related to the dignity and health of menstruating individuals and promotes increased access of menstrual products in shelters, schools and correctional facilities and general affordability including tax exemption.
Fairfax County Democratic Committee
Co-Chairing Precinct Captain of the Tysons and Rotonda precincts.
Member and collaborator for the State and Local Affairs Committee, Women’s Issues Committee, Finance Committee and Voter Registration and Education Committee.
Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Service Unit. Arlington, Virginia.
Office for Women and Domestic & Sexual Violence (OFWDSVS). Fairfax County, Virginia
Hispanic College Fund. Erika coordinated thousands of volunteers and worked on encouraging hundreds of Hispanic youth in six states to pursue college education.
Saint Thomas Apostle, Catholic Church. Washington D.C.
St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. Falls Church, Virginia
Erika helped adult immigrants pursue better jobs as an ESL instructor for two years.
The Women’s Center. Vienna, Virginia
Volunteered for a partnership with the Domestic Violence Action Center in Fairfax to furnish a center servicing victim of domestic and sexual violence that included a free wardrobe with Court or job interview attire and a pantry.
Bringing Resources to Aid Women’s Shelters (BRAWS)
Shelter distribution volunteer
Member of the Advisory Board
U.S. Work Experience
After completing a successful internship at an International consulting firm in Washington, D.C., Erika was hired as an International Consultant for international trade projects and collaboration for publications that helped small and medium businesses export and procure goods and services to the U.S. Federal Government.
Hispanic College Fund (extinct). Non-profit organization that supported college scholarships and support programs for excelling and at-risk Hispanic youth nationwide.
Small Business Owner. Owned a small business offering online marketing services
Sales & Merchandising
Erika performed as a top 15 sales representative in the nation for an internationally recognized luxury brand.
Political Management & Governance, International program.
George Washington University, Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) & Universidad del Rosario.
Political Science & Government
Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá Colombia
Sabbatical experience in the United Kingdom and Europe
Volunteering: Amnesty International. Campaigns Department. She worked for the Stop Violence Against Women and Arms Control campaigns among others and in the Urgent Action Team processing urgent government replies.
Study: English and professional skills at the University of Greenwich.
Work: Restaurant server. The Trafalgar Tavern, Greenwich – London.
Backpack travel: England, Scotland, Spain, Germany.
Other travel experience: Colombia, Argentina, Mexico, Peru.
Erika was born in Colombia and grew up in Bogotá during the difficult times in the 80s and 90s. The long period of violence there inspired her to serve from a young age.
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