Erika Maye is founder and executive director of Active Voices, a nonprofit organization that helps grassroots racial justice organizers use strategic communications effectively as a tool for policy change. She has more than eight years of strategic communications experience.
Prior to founding Active Voices, Maye spent four years with Advancement Project, a national civil rights organization. As part of their communications team, she executed traditional and social media campaigns that helped change school discipline policies in Philadelphia and Miami, managed the public awareness effort that gave former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell the political cover he needed to restore felon voting rights, and led the media campaign that elevated the Dream Defenders’s takeover of the Florida capitol in the wake of the Zimmerman verdict to national attention. Maye has trained and coached close to 1,000 youth and adult organizers in strategic communications.Currently a communications consultant for the Alliance for Educational Justice, Maye leads external communications efforts for the Freedom Side network. Her organization, Active Voices, is hosting and coordinating the Mary King/Julian Bond Communications Fellowship to support the communications functions of the network’s Freedom Summer activities. Through trainings, coaching, and hands-on learning experiences, the fellowship program teaches young organizers of color to design and implement impactful communications strategies, create and disseminate powerful messages, and develop technical skills in online advocacy, media relations, graphic design, and video editing.