Erika Irish Brown
Senior Vice President, Enterprise Diversity Recruiting and Program Management Executive
Bank of America
New York, N.Y.
Every victory means much to Erika Irish Brown, senior vice president and enterprise diversity recruiting and program management executive at Bank of America. “With the work that I do in diversity and inclusion, I value every small victory because I’m helping women and people of color achieve their career aspirations at the highest levels,” says Brown, who is responsible for recruiting, on-boarding and developing diverse senior executives across all lines of business.
Brown received her bachelor’s degree in economics from the State University of New York at Albany and her M.B.A. from Columbia Business School. Prior to attending Columbia, she served as a presidential appointee in domestic finance at the U.S. Treasury during the Clinton Administration. She recalls the day President Clinton signed a bill she was instrumental in crafting. “For me, at 23, sitting in the Roosevelt Room in the White House in the company of the president was very exciting.”
Brown credits those who helped her along the way for her success, and now she does the same for others. “I think I have been driven to achieve because so many people have invested in me,” she explains. Born in and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Brown is vice-chair of the board of the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation and serves on the board of the Council of Urban Professionals. She is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the Toigo Alumni Association and Jack and Jill of America. “If you want really good things to happen for you, and you want to have an impact and leave a legacy, you’ve got to serve and pay it forward,” she asserts.
Despite a demanding work and volunteer schedule, Brown stays active by playing tennis. She most enjoys spending quality time with her family, especially her three sons, playing sports, biking, skiing and camping.