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BIO

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ERIKA LIAN CHEN

(erika "lee-ann" chen)

she/her/they

Erika is a consultant focused on racial equity within nonprofit operations, fundraising, and organizational culture, with an emphasis on inclusion and employee happiness.

 

She is a founding member of the Community-Centric Fundraising movement. She also volunteers her time as the Appeals Chair for the Seattle Human Rights Commission and as Vice President of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access for AFP Advancement NW.

Erika holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Miami with a major in Economics and minors in International Business and Spanish. She also holds a Masters of Public Administration and Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy & Governance.

TESTIMONIALS

“I feel blessed to have had Erika as a student. I learned from her then and I continue to learn from her now.” 

ERICA MILLS BARNHART, ASSOCIATE TEACHING PROFESSOR

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

“As VP of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Access Committee (DEIA) for AFP Advancement Northwest, Erika has been a stalwart leader and champion for racial equity. Erika has led our volunteer board in navigating difficult conversations about organizational culture, integrating BIPOC voices in our decision-making processes, and taking a proactive stand to be anti-racists. Erika is strategic, compassionate, and unapologetic in helping us to lean into our DEIA work in a meaningful – if not revolutionary --  way that is making real organizational change.”

ABBEY NORRIS, 2020 BOARD PRESIDENT 

AFP ADVANCEMENT NORTHWEST

 
 

SERVICES

Facilitation

Does your board, staff, volunteers, or other stakeholders want or need to engage in tough conversations? An outside facilitator can help create an inclusive space for individuals and communities to flourish.

DEIA

Do you want to incorporate diversity, equity, inclusion, and access (DEIA) values into your organization? I’ll work with you and your team to bring your DEIA values to life and operationalize them into your everyday work.

Consulting

Do you want to embed anti-racism into your fundraising, operations, and organizational culture? I’ll work with your leadership team to create a custom development plan that will help your organization move toward anti-racist policies, systems, and structures.

Strategic Planning

Do you have an annual retreat coming up that you still need to plan for?  Does your organization need to rethink or revisit its overall strategy? Let’s work together to turn your goals into an effective plan ready to be implemented. 

Rates

My starting rates start at $100 per hour. However, I offer a sliding scale depending on your project goals, organizational budget, and work scope, as requested.

 

Interested in learning more? Let’s connect!

 
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AFFILIATIONS

Community-Centric Fundraising

Founding Member, Seattle 

Hub Contributor

communitycentricfundraising.org

Seattle Human Rights Commission

Appeals Chair

seattlehumanrights.org

Association of Fundraising Professionals

Advancement Northwest Chapter

Vice President of Diversity, Equity,

Inclusion, and Access

 

Social Justice Fund NW

Seattle Donors of Color

Past Steering Committee Member

 

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Let's connect! I'd love to learn more about your organization and how I can help. If you're interested in learning more about my services and rates, please don't hesitate to reach out to me.