Erica Teasley Linnick is a senior program officer with the Democracy Fund of Open Society-U.S., working on voting rights and fair courts.
Prior to joining Open Society, she served as coordinator of the African American Redistricting Collaborative, working to maximize the African American community’s participation in California’s political process. As western regional counsel in the Los Angeles office of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Linnick conducted civil rights litigation and worked on advocacy projects in areas including voting rights, transportation equity, education, and police reform. She served on the board of directors of both the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area and the ACLU of Northern California, and was Northern California coordinator of the “No on 209” campaign, battling the statewide anti-affirmative action initiative. She has received numerous honors including Super Lawyers’ Southern California Rising Star, the Minority Bar Coalition of San Francisco Award for Excellence and Service to the Community, and the key to the City of El Paso, Texas.
A former aide to the late U.S. Rep. Julian C. Dixon of California, Linnick is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and Hastings College of the Law.