Erika Moritsugu joined ADL - the Anti-Defamation League in May 2018 as the Vice President of Government Relations, Advocacy, and Community Engagement (GRACE). Based in our Washington, D.C. office, Erika leads all ADL's federal relations, including engagement on Capitol Hill and with the Executive Branch. In addition, she manages the League’s state and local advocacy, coordinating with a network of 25 regional offices across the country. She also leads all ADL’s intergroup and interfaith efforts, working with various advocacy organizations and interest groups to build stronger relations.
Erika has diverse and deep experience on Capitol Hill and within governmental agencies. She also has led community engagement initiatives and has practiced law. Most recently, Erika served U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois as the Senator’s General Counsel. In this capacity, she provided legislative and political strategic counsel and managed the Senator’s judiciary, civil rights and economic policies, including her work on the Commerce, Science and Transportation and Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committees.
Erika came to Senator Duckworth’s office from the Obama Administration, where she was the Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations at the Department of Housing and Urban Development under Secretary Julián Castro’s leadership, after being confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 30, 2014.
Prior to that, she has served as the first Deputy Assistant Director for Legislative Affairs at the newly-established Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Deputy Legislative Director for U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka of Hawai’i, and held several different roles at the Senate Democratic Policy Committee, including Acting Staff Director and Policy Director under Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada.
Before recommitting to a career in public service, she practiced international trade, legislative, and immigration law at Hogan and Hartson and managed grassroots and coalition-building campaigns at The Wexler Group. She previously worked at the White House Office of Presidential Personnel, the Prosecutor’s Office for the City and County of Honolulu, and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division.
Erika has been active in the community, volunteering for leading organizations focused on voting rights, civil rights, community engagement, Asian American and Pacific Islander empowerment, mentoring, Veterans, organ donation, domestic violence counseling, and disaster relief.
She attended Brandeis University, the College of William and Mary, and George Washington Law School. Born in California and raised in Hawai’i, Erika lives on Capitol Hill with her husband, Brian, and their two children.