Former Director, East Coast Giving

Erika Byrnes left the Foundation in 2017.

Erika has lived and worked in New York City for more than 20 years. As a professional fundraiser, she has raised over $50 million for nonprofit organizations engaged in education, economic opportunity, and other social causes. Her experience has focused on the corporate sector, developing new business relationships and social investments in the organizations that she has represented. She has also worked closely with trustees and other nonprofit advisors on their personal philanthropy and management of their contacts.

Prior to joining The Asia Foundation, Erika led the fundraising effort at the National Organization on Disability, Lawyers Alliance for New York, and the Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation. She also led corporate and foundation relations for the NYU Stern School of Business.

As a consultant for Washburn Partners, Erika worked with the Museum of Chinese in America staff on their capital campaign and Sakhi for South Asian Women on investor engagement.

Erika is Treasurer of the West Side Children’s Fund, a private foundation that supports programs that address the childcare needs of low-income, working families on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Education: Erika Byrnes studied cultural anthropology, receiving her bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College and her master’s degree in Business Administration, with concentrations in Economics and International Business, from New York University.