2022 Leadership Journey Project: View from the Top: Perspectives on Women Leadership in Global Health from Women in Power
Erika Larson is a global health leader with 15 years of experience in designing and implementing advocacy strategies, shifting policy and financing practices, and developing and managing partnerships with country, regional, and global stakeholders. Erika has applied these skills to technical areas including HIV/AIDS, malaria, and sexual and reproductive health. Her area of interest and expertise is supporting donors, ministries of health, and civil society to institutionalize change and transform policy, financing, and program implementation. She is passionate about bringing marginalized perspectives and voices to the decision-making table.
Before consulting, Erika was the Director of Advocacy, Financing, and Sustainability at the University of California San Francisco’s (UCSF) Malaria Elimination Initiative. In this role, Erika led a portfolio to improve resilience and sustainability of the malaria response by strengthening transition preparedness and domestic financing. She also oversaw the Secretariat for The Lancet Commission on malaria eradication and MEI’s efforts to strengthen global and regional policy and financing. Erika has held positions and supported efforts at Frontline AIDS, Population Action International (PAI), and the John Snow Research & Training Institute (JSI).
Erika holds a MSc in public health from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and a BA in political science from Davidson College.