Erika Balbuena

Erika is the Head of Strategic Initiatives at, where she supports organizations who use communications to fuel hope, power and freedom. That impact is created by empowering developers to code a better world, granting to nonprofits, and being on the cutting edge of funding social enterprises through impact investing. She is a co-founder of Women @ Twilio (Twilio’s women-identified Employee Resource Group), which works across the company to support and advance women at Twilio.

Prior to Twilio, she sharpened her community management and operations skills at TaskRabbit and consulted for large and small nonprofits, including The Campaign for UCSF Medical Center. Erika's mission is to create a seat at HER table for underrepresented women of color. She does this through 1:1 mentorship, board service and her project, The Only ( Erika served as the Co-Chair of the board for R.O.C.K. SF (provides after school and summer programs to K-12 kids in Visitaction Valley) for the past 5 years and is a SHEeo activator. Erika is a proud San Francisco native, foodie and outdoor lover.

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