Erica Dorn is a mission-driven entrepreneur and community development consultant with expertise in access to capital, marketing, and sales strategy. She is an outspoken proponent for building stronger local economies by supporting local businesses that rebuild food and fiber-sheds and create quality local jobs.
She helped launch the first peer-to-peer US lending program for Kiva.org and later went on to lead New York lending and business development for Accion, the leading U.S. microlender. Erica has provided access to capital and business coaching to hundreds of small businesses, including urban and rural farms, food carts, breweries/distilleries, small food manufacturers, and restaurants.
Currently, Erica works as a strategist with two mission-aligned Bay Area consulting firms called Fare Resources and Bernoulli Finance. She is leading and involved in projects with a well-kown US winery, a whole-animal butcher shop, empanada company, and chocolatier, among others. Relatedly, she is guiding a transition plan for a 30-year-old, locally-made dance clothing company in New York. Erica uses her business development and marketing expertise with community economic development organizations like Nextstreet Financial and the Small Business Solutions Center in NYC.
Erica is an Adjunct lecturer at Baruch in Business Management and Social Entrepreneurship and is a Slow Money NY board member. She is a Coro alumni for the leadership NY program in 2013 and runs an 85 member CSA program for the distinguished Staten Island Farm, El Poblano Farm.