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City of San Luis ObispoCandidate for City Council

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Erica Stewart

7,045 votes (20.74%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • HOUSING FOR ALL - I will advocate for a variety of different housing in our community to match our residents’ needs. Affordable housing and smart growth can be said in the same sentence.
  • ENVIORMENT AND OUR FUTURE - I love the beauty of our city, and San Luis Obispo residents fought long and hard to protect our greenbelt. I will continue to support the preservation of our open space.
  • DIVERSITY ENHANCES ECONOMIC GROWTH - Increased diversity leads to better ideas, discussions, and decisions. It’s also been shown that there is a direct correlation between increased diversity and economic growth.



Profession:Human Resources Professional
Director of Parent and Student Philanthropy Programs, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (2016–current)
Member, San Luis Obispo County Civil Service Commission — Appointed position (2016–current)
Vice President, San Luis Obispo County Civil Service Commission — Elected position (2018–current)
Practice Development Manager, First Choice Physicians Partners (2015–2016)
Chief Operations Officer, United Way of San Luis Obispo County (2013–2015)
Human Resources Manager, PacificEye (2009–2013)


University of San Francisco Master of Public Administration, Public Administration (2004)
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Bachelor's of Science, Home Economics with a Foods Concentration (1997)


Erica is a longtime resident of San Luis Obispo. She attended Cal Poly from 1990 to 1995 and returned to Sonoma County. In 2001 she returned to San Luis Obispo with her husband, Shay, and decided to raise their family here. Their two boys are now 19 and 14. Erica shows her passion and commitment to the SLO Community through volunteering in organizations focused on education, diversity, homeless issues, growth for women and girls, small business success, and economic vitality.    
She works for Cal Poly and is currently the director of parent and student philanthropy. Engaging with the university’s faculty, staff, and students inspires her daily and fuel her passion for serving others.

Her professional and civic career spans many industries. She has been a human resources specialist and manager in manufacturing, healthcare, and for the SLO County Superior Court. She’s served as the chief operating officer at United Way, worked in restaurant management and catering, and even owned her own wholesale bakery in downtown SLO.

She serve as the President of the Cal Poly Alumni Association and was appointed as the SLO County’s Civil Service Commission in 2016 and now serves as the vice president. She was the homeless services coordinator for the Church of the Nazarene, on the board for the Friends of Prado, Goodwill, Leadership SLO and the Downtown Association. In 2004, she earned her Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco This past year she graduated from a women’s candidate training program, Emerge CA and selected as one of the graduating speakers by her peers.


Erica is passionate about being engaged in the community and helping to improve people’s lives.   As a SLO City Council member, she will use her collaboration and communication skills and experience to bring people together to find positive solutions to some of our community’s upcoming challenges.

Who supports this candidate?

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  • Congressman Salud Carbajal

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Elected Officials (1)

  • Dan Rivoire SLO City Council Member

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