As Executive Director and Head of Advisory Services for the US, Erika is responsible for leading the US Advisory team, including defining strategic direction, driving innovation through creative approaches, inspiring excellence, and creating unique and customized solutions for every client. Under her direction, the Advisory Services team partners with clients to successfully navigate complex technology challenges across four practice areas: ediscovery, information governance, digital transformation, and expert services. Erika brings over 15 years of industry expertise to her role as a leader, manager, and strategic consultant, specifically in areas of technical importance to ediscovery, such as linguistics, artificial intelligence, and data modeling. Throughout her career, Erika has worked to identify innovative approaches to ediscovery that leverage the latest technologies; her vision and creativity are her signature strengths.
Prior to Lighthouse, Erika built and managed an ediscovery operations team for H5, where she was responsible for media management, data processing, data import/export, data imaging, and production in response to legal and regulatory demands. Erika also developed a consulting practice, advising clients on litigation readiness and building defensible workflows leveraging analytics. Through the creation of repeatable, minimal error processes and automation, Erika built a world-class team that was known for their quality, reliability, and predictability. However, she was most proud of her team members and their individual and collective contributions, particularly those who may not have fully appreciated their potential at the time they joined, but who marveled at their realized successes.
Erika attended the University of California, San Diego, where she received her B.A. in General Linguistics, and her M.A. in Linguistics, with an emphasis on syntax and semantics.
On a personal note, Erika has played soccer player since age 5, but took a break in college to pursue crew and was a competitive rower for three years. She resumed her passion for soccer in her twenties, and continues to play on club-leagues in her hometown. Erika was also a certified sky-diver, completing 70+ dives during her sky-diving tenure; she was infamously caught in a clothesline during one of her landings, and she has since retired from the sport.
Erika lives in Napa Valley, California, with her husband, two school-aged sons, two dogs, and two cats.