Erica Alfaro is an award-winning author, keynote speaker, and education advocate. Her story became known in 2019 when her graduation pictures went viral and made headlines around the world. Her story was featured in major media outlets such as CNN, The Huffington Post, Yahoo news, and many more. Erica is currently a senior human resources generalist at one of the largest farms in the area of North County, California. In 2022, she joined the SIATech Board of Directors and was selected as the president of Toastmasters Club 47.
Erica was an EOPS student at MiraCosta College, where she earned her associate degree and an office administration certificate. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University San Marcos and her master’s in Education with a concentration in Counseling from San Diego State University. Erica obtained a Human Resources Professional Certificate in Agriculture from the agricultural personnel management association and is currently enrolled in the human resources management program at UC San Diego.