Erica N. Hilton, Ph.D. is a strategic communicator, digital media innovator, researcher, and passionate educator. Her work and research meets at multiple intersections of digital media, strategic communication, and diversity and inclusion. Her work includes video storytelling, developing and implementing digital strategies and campaigns, managing online publications, and designing graphic visuals. Erica’s writing has been published in Huffington Post, Blavity, and PR Daily.
Currently, Erica is the Digital Campaigns Strategist at Advancement Project National Office. In this role, she serves as lead content creator and digital strategist working to develop and connect national and local narratives to advocate for diverse, inclusive, and equitable policies for the advancement of all people of color.
Previously, Erica was the Online Activism Manager at the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), where she led a video storytelling narrative project to produce the ‘Renewing Lives’ video series, which tells the stories of union members overcoming obstacles. During her time as Communications Manager at Higher Learning Advocates, Erica worked to advance policies that would better serve low-income, first-generation, working adults, student veterans, and single parent students by developing and executing strategies and campaigns that targeted media outlets and policy makers.
Erica is also a passionate educator and course developer. She has taught courses in diversity and inclusion in the media, strategic communication, public relations, and research and analytics at Pennsylvania State University and the University of the District of Columbia. In 2019, Erica was award the Djung Yune Tchoi Memorial Excellence in Teaching Award by the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications at Pennsylvania State University for her work with students in the classroom.
Erica has a Ph.D. in Mass Communications from Pennsylvania State University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts summa cum laude from Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU), where she served as SGA Student Body President and a member of the Board of Trustees. Erica also earned a Master of Arts degree in Public Communication from American University (AU).
Currently, Erica lives in Washington, D.C.