Erica Sheftman is Projects Manager of the Aspen Institute Arts Program, where she manages a series of projects connecting artists, policymakers and communities around critical issues at the intersection of the arts, education, healthcare, urban development and diplomacy. Current ventures include a series of dialogues on 21st century infrastructures for “Citizen Artist” activities – with a focus on educational systems and entrepreneurial/technology platforms – and the compilation of several best-practices tool kits and reports based on Aspen Arts Strategy Group meetings around the country. Erica also assists with curating the Arts Track of the Aspen Ideas Festival.
Prior to joining the Aspen Institute, Erica served as Media Projects Manager for the Vail International Dance Festival, worked in International Communications and Public Policy at Facebook, and was a contributing writer for several magazines including Harvard Law Today and Time Out New York. Erica is a former dancer; prior to entering undergrad, she trained at the School of American Ballet for ten years and appeared with companies including the New York City Ballet and the Bolshoi Ballet.
Erica graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in History and Literature, with secondary focuses on art history and public policy. Her honors thesis on Soviet-American cultural diplomacy was awarded magna cum laude plus. Erica serves as a Director on the Board of the Harvard Club of New York Foundation.