Erika Ellis-Stewart

by Terry Watson | May 17th, 2017
Erika Ellis-Stewart

Erika Ellis-Stewart

Ericka Ellis-Stewart is a servant leader who embodies the trait of tenacious advocacy. For nearly 20 years, she has been on the forefront of many of the social issues facing the Charlotte community (health and human services, crime, social justice, diversity and inclusion, education, housing, etc.). Ms. Ellis-Stewart’s actions and involvement show that she is willing to stand up and fight for what is right. She desires to make a difference for the community and will push for positive change.

Non-Profit Executive
Since 2015, Ms. Ellis-Stewart has served as the Donor Relations Specialist for Mental Health America of Central Carolinas, a local nonprofit that promotes mental health through advocacy, education, and prevention. She is also a nationally certified Mental Health First Aid trainer. Previously, she served as the Director of the Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk, the largest and most successful CROP Walk in the United States. Prior to her work with CROP, Ms. Ellis-Stewart worked in higher education at the Belk College of Business at UNC Charlotte. Early in her career, she began breaking the glass ceiling in the non-profit arena. In 2005, she became the first African-American women to serve as the Executive Director of a YMCA branch in the Greater Charlotte region since its founding in 1875. In 2001, Ms. Ellis-Stewart became the first female executive director of Right Moves For Youth, a local drop-out prevention agency.
As a leader in the non-profit and human services field, Ms. Ellis-Stewart’s background gives her a broad network and a great understanding of the issues impacting our community. She has the ability to recognize trends, analyze data, see the big picture and make informed decisions and is willing to work with others to solve community issues.

Elected Official
In 2011, after many years of consideration, Ms. Ellis-Stewart decided to run for elected office. After four months on the campaign trail, she won a seat on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education as an At-Large Member. With over 35,000 votes, she was the highest vote getter in a 14-person race for the three at-large seats. On December 13, 2011, Ms. Ellis-Stewart was sworn in and voted by her peers to serve as Chairman of the Board of Education for 2012. In 2015, she was re-elected to a second term and was once again the top vote getter.

Ericka believes that service is commiting your talent, time and treasure to the work of bettering your community. It is also educating people on the issues, empowering them to take a stand, advocating on behalf of voiceless and being diligent in your efforts. For the nearly 20 years, Ms. Ellis-Stewart has been honored to serve children and families living in Mecklenburg County

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