Erika Lucas was born in Mexico into a family of bootstrapped entrepreneurs who launched businesses not because it was cool but out of necessity. She has seen the human dignity entrepreneurship can bring and that’s why she believes that increasing the participation of traditionally overlooked founders is the fastest way to achieve true economic mobility.
Erika founded StitchCrew and partnered with her local NBA team, the Oklahoma City Thunder and Google to launch an accelerator program because she strongly believes that most of the pressing challenges we face today will not be solved through policy or traditional mindset, but by disruptive technologies, bold entrepreneurs and open collaboration.
She began her career facilitating the establishment and in-country operation of several international manufacturing companies. Prior to launching StitchCrew, Erika worked at a Private Equity Firm with investments in the U.S. and Europe. Before that, she was a Global Director at the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, where she helped establish the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) unit. She is not a fan of titles and pedigrees as they are not necessarily indicative of problem-solving aptitudes. Erika gets her energy from working with like-minded people. From managing teams and developing execution blueprints to taking out the trash, she constantly looks for ways to improve circumstances and disrupt the status quo.
Erika often speaks on the subjects of: entrepreneurship, cultivating inclusive ecosystems, diversity and inclusion, early-stage funding, public-private-partnerships, forward-thinking policy, economic contributions of immigrants.
Boards: Arvest Bank, OKC County Health Department, Oklahoma Policy Institute Board, Potts Family Foundation.