Born in Virginia Beach
The first daughter of Bruce and Connie Johnson, Erika attended Alanton Elementary and Lynnhaven Middle, where she was on the Yearbook staff. Her mother was a German teacher for VBCPS, and Erika studied German for five years in middle school and high school. In her family, academic excellence wasn’t the only goal—her parents encouraged her to work hard and try new things. They believed that a well-rounded student would have as many options as possible when it came time to plan her future.
Graduates from First Colonial High School
An honors student, yearbook editor, and VP of the German Club, Erika graduated with several AP credits and an academic scholarship to Virginia Wesleyan University.
Graduates from VWU
Erika graduated as a Presidential Scholar with a liberal arts degree in Communication from Virginia Wesleyan University. She was an editor for the yearbook and an editor for the school newspaper. Her coursework included journalism, media studies, graphic design and theater.
Starts career at Virginia MOCA
Over more than 10 years at MOCA, Erika worked with the staff on membership, fundraising, education initiatives, and strategic planning in her role as Director of Marketing. It was there that she was able to forge partnerships with nonprofits throughout the region.
Becomes a mother
Raising two creative boys has been the greatest joy of her life. Erika is grateful that her children can be part of the same public school system that nurtured her own academic path.
Private Sector work
Erika has worked at several marketing agencies throughout Hampton Roads, specializing in digital marketing strategy, web development, and social media. Since 2018 she has been with Frequency Creative, a marketing agency based in Williamsburg. “One of the most rewarding parts of the work I do is helping small organizations achieve big results.”
Erika has given her time to several community organizations. In 2021-22 she served on the Hermitage Elementary PTA Board as the Reflections co-chair. Over the years she has been a Reflections judge for a number of elementary schools in Virginia Beach. She has also done volunteer work with WHRO/WHRV, Norfolk Sister Cities Association, Girls on the Run, Hampton University School of Communication, and the Chesapeake Regional Health Foundation Bra-ha-ha art show.