Ericka Andersen manages The Heritage Foundation’s social networking platforms and strategy as well as online outreach as the think tank’s senior digital media associate.
Andersen, who joined Heritage in 2011, has worked in online media and political communications since 2005. She began her career as a political reporter for Human Events, the pioneering conservative newspaper and website. She and her work were featured regularly on national radio and television programs.
From there, Andersen moved to Capitol Hill to work in digital strategy for the House Republican Conference, led at the time by Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind). She played a key role in outreach to bloggers, new media strategy and development of online communications for House Republicans during the 111th Congress.
Andersen honed her skills as communications director for Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Ind.) during his first year as part of the historic freshman Republican class of 2010.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism degree from Indiana University. In her spare time, Andersen writes a blog on healthy living and fitness called “The Sweet Life.” A native of Wichita, Kan., she grew up in Bloomington, Ind., and currently resides in Alexandria, Va.