Erika French-Arnold has dedicated her career to advising and connecting students to resources that will help them thrive. She is passionate about leadership development, systems change, and climate change mitigation strategies. Erika started her career at Stanford in MBA Admissions and Health Research and Policy before taking a year to travel. Her experiences included teaching English in community colleges in DaNang, Vietnam; serving as a Leadership Resident for women attending university in Phnom Penh, Cambodia; and interning with the Education for Sustainable Development unit in the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Bangkok, Thailand.
More recently, Erika served as the director of the Center for Food Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University. In this capacity, she created and directed a Sustainable Food Systems minor; developed and taught a sustainable food systems undergraduate business course; led food, agriculture, and Sustainable Development Goal-focused international study trips; created programs and partnerships.
Erika earned a BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz and an MA from Santa Clara University. She enjoys exploring the world with her daughter; running, especially on trails; attending performances; and listening to podcasts or audiobooks.