Erica Reid

Senior Director of Program Implementation

Erica Reid has a personal mission of “serving youth, supporting families, and strengthening communities.” For over 15 years, she has devoted her career to educating and empowering both youth and adult learners in a variety of settings including homes, preschool classrooms, and college lecture halls.

Erica recognizes the major impact communities play in individuals’ lives; therefore, she seeks opportunities that align with her values and serves a significant need. Erica has served as a preschool teacher, Parent Educator, Family Support Specialist, and Interim Director of Family Education Services. In 2018, Thompson became an affiliate of Friends of the Children, and Erica was selected as Friends-Charlotte’s first Program Director. Because of her extensive work with caregivers, she was brought on as National Director of Programs to support the expansion of Friends of the Children’s 2Gen model. She now serves as Senior Director of Program Implementation.

Erica is currently an Adjunct Instructor of Early Childhood & K-12 Teacher Preparation Programs at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and PBS NC Rootle Ambassador. She is a member of numerous social and civic organizations and resides in Charlotte, NC.

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