Erika West brings more than 15 years of experience in electoral and issue campaigns and government affairs to campaign strategy and message development. She works collaboratively with sector leaders and subject matter experts to identify precisely what they want to achieve, and loves learning what they know best and do uniquely in order to craft the strategies and messages that will help them win campaigns for justice and equity.

As a principal at Raben, Erika brings a deep understanding of electoral politics, issue advocacy, and messaging to her work with social justice organizations and coalitions seeking campaign and movement strategies. Prior to joining Raben, Erika served as political director at NARAL Pro-Choice America, overseeing their PAC, Independent Expenditures, and ballot measure engagement. She has served as legislative staff for a ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, campaigned for numerous state candidates, advised candidates at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and led message research for the reproductive rights and justice movements. Erika is a graduate of Howard University and George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management.

Career Highlights

  • Political Director, NARAL Pro-Choice America
  • Regional Director, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
  • Organizer, 2006 Michigan Democratic Party’s coordinated campaign to reelect Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Sen. Debbie Stabenow
  • Legislative Assistant, U.S. Representative John Conyers Jr. of Michigan