Erika Vivianna Céspedes (she/they) is a first-generation Colombian artist, educator, and organizer working at the intersections of popular education, youth organizing, and arts, culture, and storytelling. Erika previously served as the Network Director for Youth Organize! California, where she helped lead power-building strategies for a statewide network of grassroots organizations committed to practicing transformative youth organizing with Black, Indigenous, undocumented, systems-impacted, and LGBTIA+ membership.
Erika crafted her passion for youth development, storytelling, and arts education as a local teaching artist for community based organizations including Precita Eyes, Brava! For Women In the Arts, 67 Sueños, and Youth Speaks. She is an alum of the Voices of Our Nations Arts Workshop (VONA), the Interdisciplinary Writers Lab (IWL) at Kearny Street Workshop, Las Hociconas Lab Residency at Studio Grand, and DALUYAN: Embodied Storytelling Intensive at Bindlestiff Studio. She is also an independent curator and her interdisciplinary arts events have sold out venues including Mission Cultural Center, La Peña Cultural Center, and Eastside Arts Alliance. Her artistic work has been commissioned by Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, the National Queer Arts Festival, Bay Area Youth Seed, and Akonadi Foundation.
Erika is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and proudly serves as a faculty lecturer in Race and Resistance Studies within the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University.