Erika Hill is a passionate, goal oriented individual who possesses strong analytical skills and a strong work ethic. She discovered early on in life she had a passion for helping people. Erika had been serving as an independent contractor for years before deciding that beginning her own consultancy was a natural progression. She is currently the Principal of Vision Street Research where she is not only utilizing her market research skills in the mainstream marketplace, but also within the non-profit arena. She is leading her organization to serve as a partner with community development organizations and small businesses seeking to change communities and/or expand their reach. She lives by the mantra “striving to be the change I want to see in life” and firmly believes that community work is the vehicle by which this can be fulfilled. She prides herself on delivering timely, customized, affordable and quality services.
Erika is a graduate of Rutgers-Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy where she received her Master’s in City and Regional Planning, concentrating in Community Development and Affordable Housing. During graduate school Erika held various internships with non-profits and state entities and worked on projects ranging from housing needs, food equity and commercial revitalization, to using art to solidify a sense of community pride.
In 2002 she was the Valedictorian of her graduating class at Clark Atlanta University where she received her BA in Business Administration, concentrating in Marketing. Directly following her undergraduate studies she worked in the Marketing Research field as a Research Analyst and Project Manager. Following her passion, in 2006 she shifted into non-profit work as a shelter advocate for the YWCA of Greater Atlanta and then worked at United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta in both their resource development and grant administration departments. At United Way she learned and gained an intimate understanding of the importance of effective evaluation plans and articulating the measurable impact of an organization’s program and services—moving beyond the outputs.
Erika is a native New Yorker, but since becoming a homeowner in 2005 views Atlanta as her home. She is a Dekalb Housing Authority Landlord of 2+ years and currently holds a Georgia Real Estate License. Throughout her career she has always strived to “pay it forward” by mentoring youth, volunteering at community events and tutoring underprivileged students in math. Her personal and professional interests center around providing greater access and opportunity to those residing in low income communities and communities of color. Long term she would love to work on initiatives that take a holistic approach to addressing the inequities that exist between communities, and provide individuals access to opportunities and services they need to live a healthy and successful life.
In her spare time Ms. Hill enjoys playing tennis, bowling, writing poetry, working on homes with Habitat for Humanity Dekalb County and mentoring youth.