The objectives of the Associate Board Engagement Committee are to manage the Associate Board recruitment process, onboard new members (ensuring they are up to speed and integrated into the board), and monitor the board's give/get goals.


Erica Loper

Erica serves as Finance Associate Manager at PepsiCo. PepsiCo is a mission driven global food and beverage company headquartered in Purchase, New York; and a widely recognized, industry leading brand rooted in sustainable practices and innovation over its fifty-year history. Erica is responsible for supply chain strategic planning and support initiatives to maximize operational performance, while minimizing costs related to sourcing agricultural and packaging materials for Gatorade, Izze and Tropicana brands in the United States. Outside of her normal work responsibilities, Erica volunteers as a Associate Board Member and mentor at Chicago Scholars and also volunteers as a mentor for the Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago. Erica received her undergraduate degree of Bachelor of Business Administration from Howard University in Washington D.C. and is currently pursing her MBA at Loyola University Chicago.


Kirstin L. Jones

Kirstin L. Jones serves as the Finance Analyst for the Obama Foundation. In her position, Kirstin directly supports the Chief Financial Officer in the overall financial leadership and business diversity efforts of the Foundation. Outside of her normal work responsibilities, she leads the Obama Foundation Internship Program and the Black Women’s Affinity Group.

Kirstin previously served as an Obama Administration political appointee at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). At SBA, she was the Special Assistant to SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet and traveled across the country advocating for small business owners and entrepreneurs who represent the spirit that has always driven our nation forward. Before relocating to Chicago, Kirstin was the Scheduler to Congressman Donald S. Beyer, Jr. (VA-08) and prior to that she aided the COO/CFO of RLJ Lodging Trust, a publicly traded hotel REIT founded by Bob Johnson.

Kirstin earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Barnard College, Columbia University. She is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration as a Baumhart Scholar at Loyola University of Chicago.