Erica Fessia

Erica Newton Fessia
Vice President of Global Field Operations, FIRST®

Erica joins us from Qualcomm, a FIRST® Strategic Partner, where she most recently served as Director of Community Engagement and has been instrumental in supporting and growing Qualcomm’s relationship with FIRST over the past few years.  In addition, Erica served on the FIRST Executive Advisory Board (EAB) for the last two years.

Erica brings a very strong professional and leadership background to FIRST in social entrepreneurship, community engagement, and human-resource management, spanning both the for-profit and not-for-profit worlds.  In addition to a successful, long-time career with Qualcomm and running her own HR consultancy, in 2007 Erica launched a non-profit organization, South Bay Children’s Museum, to pursue her passion for creating memorable learning experiences in the areas of math, science, and art for children in her community.  Hence, FIRST fits beautifully with Erica’s long-time interests and passions.

In her role, Erica’s primary mission will be to work with the overall FIRST community to develop and evolve our vision and implementation for sustainable, coherent, growth-oriented local FIRST ecosystems, where kids throughout the world have access to a solid progression of FIRST programs.