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Mother. Social Activist. Defender. Overcomer.

Erica Sampson - black woman, brown hair, glasses, white shirt, white jacket with flowers

Erica Sampson lives in Charleston County with her family. Erica is a boots-on-the-ground advocate working to drive the changes needed for her community and state. Erica works full-time in the field of Human Resource Management and is a full-time student obtaining her Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership. 

Furthermore, Erica runs her own blog, Influencers Unlimited, which discusses current topics by bringing more awareness to the leadership role. Influencers Unlimited inspires people of all ages and backgrounds to become the best version of themselves and to learn how to lead others with the power of influence and motivation rather than power and control.

Erica earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Human Resource Management from Ashford University. Her educational background has taught her how to have open discussions while unpacking various topics, even those considered taboo. It is not easy fighting for change, and even with influence and power, we must lead with our morals, values, and ethics.

Outside of her educational background, Erica has experience in social advocacy, activism, community engagement, relational organizing, and political strategy. As the previous Diversity and Inclusion Director for the Charleston County Democratic Party, she created initiatives and discussions that promoted inclusivity while advocating for everyone to have an equal seat at the table and installing practices that allow everyone to feel included in all areas of the Charleston County Democratic Party.  Erica currently serves as the Lowcountry Young Democrats Chair, SCDP Black Caucus Community Engagement Officer, and proud 2021 James E. Clyburn Political Fellowship graduate.  

Erica used her talents and skills obtained through organizations and the Clyburn Fellowship to become one of ReZsaun Lewis’ campaign managers in the 2022 campaign cycle. She was also part of the team that led the Young Democrats of SC to win the 2019-2021 National Chartered Unit of the Biennium from the Young Democrats of America. In addition, her role in the Lowcountry Young Democrats helped lead the chapter to win the 2021 Young Democrats of SC Chapter of the Year Award. Erica was also integral in planning the 2022 Inaugural Sunday Dinner hosted by the SCDP Black Caucus and served as part of the SC team that helped secure the recent victory for Senator Raphael Warnock. 

Additionally, Erica is a Board Member for Positive Vibes Ronjanae Smith, Inc., a nonprofit that organizes events that directly benefit the North Charleston community; these events include tutoring, mentorship programs, food drives, and, most importantly, North Charleston gun violence awareness initiatives and programs. Advocacy for others has helped guide Erica’s purpose to create solutions that work for her city and state. 

Erica is passionate about engaging the younger generation in the political process. She was not exposed to politics at a young age and wants to see more youth involved at every level of state and local Democratic politics. As the SCDP 3rd Vice Chair, Erica will work tirelessly to make this dream a reality and to move South Carolina forward together.

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