Erica Rawles is project coordinator for the Institute’s Arts & Culture and Summer Fellowship programs. Prior to joining the Institute, Erica worked on the Community Engagement Team at The Laundromat Project where she developed and managed a community arts micro-grant initiative. Before her work at The Laundromat Project, she was Creative Strategist at the Little Tokyo Service Center where she implemented a creative and playful process to foster the organization’s integration of arts and culture. She has also worked as a facilitator for Barnard College, an educator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and is an AmeriCorps alumn. Erica is also an artist and writer. Her writing has appeared in Artforum Magazine, The Nation, KCET Artbound, and New York Times Style Magazine, among others. Erica holds a dual B.A. in studio art and philosophy from Claremont McKenna College.