Why Erica A.Stewart
Hello, my name is Erica A. Stewart.
I am a longtime resident of San Luis Obispo, beginning with my time studying at Cal Poly in 1990. After earning a master’s degree in public administration from the University of San Francisco, my family returned to San Luis Obispo to put down roots. As my husband, Shay, and I have raised our family here, my connection to the community deepens. My volunteerism, philanthropy, and career choices have been focused on education, diversity, homeless issues, growth for women and girls, small-business success, and economic vitality.
As the Director of Parent and Student Philanthropy at Cal Poly, my engagement with the university’s faculty, staff, and students inspires me daily. Connecting with neighbors—from students and new arrivals to longtime residents—reminds me just how wonderful our community is. I believe there are many opportunities for us to learn from each other and find common ground as we wrestle with our city’s most pressing issues.
I have strived to build a healthier and stronger San Luis Obispo throughout my professional and civic career, which spans many industries. I’ve been a Human Resources Specialist in manufacturing, health care, and SLO County Superior Court; served as Chief Operating Officer at United Way; worked in restaurant management and catering; and even owned my own small business, a wholesale bakery.
My volunteerism spans a broad cross-section of the community. Here are some of the wonderful organizations with which I’ve had the privilege to serve:
· Cal Poly Alumni Association (President)
· SLO County’s Civil Service Commission (Vice President)
· Women’s Legacy Fund Advisory Committee
· Legislative Action Committee for the SLO
Chamber of Commerce (Chairperson)
· Church of the Nazarene (Homeless Services Coordinator)
· Leadership SLO
· Downtown Association
· Friends of Prado
I am passionate about being engaged and helping to improve people’s lives, and I believe strongly in building a community that empowers every individual to be self-sustaining. Most of all, I want the opportunity to bring these passions and commitments to the SLO City Council. Thank you for taking the time to get to know me a bit more. I look forward to working hard to build a stronger and healthier San Luis Obispo!