Erica Tavares is the Chief Development Officer for USA for UNHCR, the US national partner of the UN refugee agency. In her role, Erica leads teams in resource mobilization and partnership development to achieve breakthrough results. With more than two decades of nonprofit and fundraising experience, she specializes in jumpstarting new funding channels, developing public-private partnerships and expertly leveraging resources to meet global programmatic goals, while astutely bridging donors’ and implementers’ needs for effective giving. Erica has led the development of organizations’ multi-sector partnerships with foundation, academic, and organizational partners and Fortune 500 companies, including AbbVie, FedEx, the Gates Foundation, JPMorgan Chase, P&G and Pfizer, among others.
Erica was previously a member of the senior management teams at International Medical Corps and Women for Women International; she also traveled extensively to the field, helping to establish programs in Bosnia, Afghanistan, Rwanda and the DRC. She has sat on a number of boards, including the Partnership for Quality Medical Donations, and has previously worked with the Democratic National Committee, where she was a member of the 2000 Gore-Lieberman campaign team. Erica received her BA in Political Science from American University, and is currently pursuing her MSc. in Social Justice and Community Action from the University of Edinburgh. She currently lives in Plymouth, MA with her two children — 14 year-old Billy and 10 year-old Maddy.