Erica grew up in Las Cruces, New Mexico from age 7, and moved to Albuquerque to attend the University of New Mexico as an undergrad. Erica and her husband of 30 years, Mehdi Eliassi, put down roots when they bought a home 20 years ago in the Parkland Hills Neighborhood Association area. “We have two elder orange tabbies, Karat and Apricot Boo Boo and an amazing black Labrador mix named Escher.” Her sister Mary Ann lives in the Elder Homestead Neighborhood, and her brother, Philip lives in the Siesta Hills Neighborhood.
Erica was the Director of Community Relations for Santa Fe Public Schools for 2.5 years. Prior to this position she taught at the University of New Mexico for more than a decade and was the President and CEO of the Southeast Community Economic Alliance (SCEA) for 7 years. Landry has over 30 years of experience in the field of in business development, managing corporate publications, communications, and market development working in public and private sectors.
SCEA was formed in 2000 with the vision to be a catalyst for the implementation of comprehensive physical and economic redevelopment strategy by providing programs for this MRA community to enhance the economic quality of life and vitality of this community.
With more than 120 organizations working on the social aspects of community development, SCEA was the only non-government organization working to improve the economic infrastructure of the area. Therefore, the encouragement of an entrepreneurial atmosphere and attitude that includes entrepreneurial educational initiatives continues to be a necessary component of this economic development strategy to redevelop this economically distressed community.
Erica was responsible for SCEA’s overall development, daily and strategic management and marketing. SCEA and its support team comprised of its Board of Director and Council of Business Advisors formed a core set of specialized and highly competent people working closely together to ensure the success of this project.
Erica holds a Master’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with an emphasis on Market Research and has received the Rural Electric industry’s Certified Rural Electric Communicators Credential.
Over the years, Erica participated in a number of civic and professional organizations. She is a member of the Leadership Albuquerque Alumni Association—class of 93 and the Rotary Club of Albuquerque. She also served on the City of Albuquerque Indicators Progress Commission (IPC), as Vice President of the District 6 Coalition, a Steering Committee member of the Weed & Seed Steering Initiative, as well as a member of numerous neighborhood associations. At one time she volunteered with the Albuquerque Literacy Program and New Mexico’s Women’s Agenda, and sat on the Boards of Hospital Home Health Care, and the City of Albuquerque Cable Advisory Board. Ms. Landry also wrote for the Perspective—New Mexico’s only African American publication.
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