Ericka Ellis Stewart

Ericka Ellis-Stewart is an advocate for public education, the environment, and mental health. Since 2015, Ericka has worked for Mental Health America of Central Carolinas where she currently serves as MHA’s Director of Education & Advocacy.

She was the executive director of two local nonprofit organizations, Right Moves for Youth and the Johnston YMCA, where she was the first African-American female to serve as a branch director within the YMCA of Greater Charlotte system. She was also the Director of the Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk, the largest and most successful CROP Walk in the United States.  She also worked in higher education at the Belk College of Business at UNC Charlotte.

Ericka is a nationally certified Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) trainer. She trains the following MHFA modules: Adult, Youth Public Safety, Veterans, Older Adults, and Fire/EMS. She is also certified to teach the Talk Saves Lives, Sad No More, and QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) Suicide Prevention curricula to adult and youth populations. Ms. Ellis-Stewart is also a Master Trainer with the QPR Institute in Spokane, WA.

She also served as an at-large member on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education for served eight years. She “retired” from elected life in December of 2019.