Erika Hernandez

Administrative Associate

About Erika

“Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.” – Andy Rooney

Erika is a bilingual professional with an impressive background in administrative support and finance. With 12 plus years of administrative experience, she is meticulous, an attentive listener, great communicator, and displays intuitive judgment. Erika has connected her diverse career background to grow into a proficient administrative professional.

Before joining Collaborative Erika worked at Booz Allen Hamilton, where she supported two Principal Directors and their teams of over 100 people, to lead work planning, organizing, and scheduling. Erika was an AR Analyst at Benchmark Utility Services. At Benchmark she primarily supported the CFO; her main responsibilities included invoicing and creating and managing processes to make the daily business operations of the AR/AP department more efficient.

Erika was born in Havana, Cuba and raised in Sterling, VA. She has an associate degree in Criminal Justice from Northern Virginia Community College.

Eliza Panike

Senior Associate

About Eliza

“The world needs a sense of worth, and it will achieve it only by its people feeling that they are worthwhile.” ― Fred Rogers

Eliza has long understood that strong, vibrant communities are built by providing young people the tools and resources they need to succeed. For the last decade, she has built her career supporting government and non-profit organizations working to improve the lives of children and families. Most recently, she developed key messaging and content for delivering Common Sense Media’s ratings and reviews to parents and caregivers. Prior to that, she provided support to California’s First 5 system through program management, event planning, and public policy campaigns.

Eliza excels at project management and will be using her skills to create effective communications campaigns for her clients.

Born and raised in Northern California, Eliza currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology with an emphasis in child development from San Francisco State University.

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