Podcast host, college professor, freelance writer, content strategist and tarot card reader are just a few of the many roles Erika Pryor held before joining Venture for America. While studying Public Relations at Western Michigan University, Erika watched enough West Wing seasons to decide her true calling was working as a political speech writer. Pursuing opportunities to help people share their big ideas with big audiences is what guided Erika to the University of Pittsburgh, completing a Masters and Doctorate in Rhetorical Communication and Media Studies.
Although Erika hasn’t yet had a speechwriting gig, from her previous roles, she has established a track record of helping startups, founders, young professionals, community partners, and household brands share their ideas with key audiences. As Director for Columbus and Cincinnati, Erika uses this approach to connect VFA’s big ideas with fellows, company partners, and community supporters in Ohio and and beyond.