Erika Kelly is the Community Project Manager at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. With a background specializing in experiential marketing, event management, and project leadership, Erika coordinates with community stakeholders and partners to organize the Community Foundation’s efforts to enhance its community impact through a variety of knowledge and equity projects. Erika previously served as the Community Project Manager for the 2020 Giving Challenge.
Prior to joining the Community Foundation in 2019, Erika began her professional career as a tradeshow coordinator, later accepting a management position with STAGE Active Brand Marketing, a Connecticut based marketing agency. While developing, executing, and overseeing national experiential marketing campaigns, Erika gained valuable insight into product launches, rebranding, causal fundraising, call-to-action, consumer retention and growth strategies.
Locally, Erika has been working as an independent consultant since 2013, focusing on a variety of special projects that she feels creates positive impact today and for generations to come. Erika has contributed to several initiatives, including Legacy of Valor, Recoding Organizational DNA, Margin & Mission Ignition, the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, Age-Friendly Sarasota, and the 2020 Parkinson's Expo.
Erika holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a specialization in Marketing from Bowling Green State University. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Erika has called Sarasota home since 2009, after vacationing here several times to visit family. Outside of work, Erika can be spotted around town in various yoga classes or kayaking out on the water.