Erica Nelson is a longtime resident of Washington, D.C., having moved to the area more than 20 years ago from San Diego, CA. Initially, she attended Howard University before ultimately graduating from the University of the District of Columbia in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Upon graduating, Erica proudly served for a decade as a public servant for the Government of the District of Columbia, in the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education. While there, she provided compliance oversight of federal child care programs, including the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and Title XX subsidized child care. Erica has continued her career as a public servant at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service in Child Nutrition. In her role, she helps develop policies and regulations for child nutrition programs, including the CACFP and the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Erica is passionate about Program integrity and community partnerships. When she is not focused on work, Erica is busy championing organizations focusing on breastfeeding and wilderness education. She also enjoys spending time with friends and family, patronizing local, small businesses, and dining on meat-free dishes. Erica lives with her teenager, Osaro, and her cat, Martin.