Erica Norton

WHO AM I?

I am a citizen of Federal Way, I’ve lived here for 12 years. I’m happily married, a mother, an auntie, and a small business owner. I have leadership experience in several areas. I live my life in 100% integrity. I’m accountable for my actions, but more than anything else, I have a strong will to always do what is just, right, and fair. I’ll be an effective representative for you.

I am a solution-based thinker. I believe every problem has a solution, and I’m willing to take the time and effort to find appropriate solutions to the problems facing Federal Way. The most important issues I see us facing as a city are Police & Crime, Economic Development, and Drug Addicted Homelessness. My leadership experience and education are listed below.

PHOTOS

ELECTED POSITIONS

PIERCE COUNTY DISTRICT CORRECTIONS COMMITTEE CHAIR

I was a Chair Person for Pierce County Corrections Committee at a District level for 2 years. We took meetings into local jails. We also helped people integrate into society after jail by sponsoring incarcerated people and taking them to meetings when they exited jails and prisons. This was a wonderful position, I learned how to organize and lead a large group of people, while at the same time, respecting their opinions and input.

STATE OF WASHINGTON AREA 72 CORRECTIONS COMMITTEE SECRETARY

I was the Corrections Secretary for Washington State Area 72 Corrections Committee. This was a 2 year position that was demanding, but equally as rewarding. We worked at a state level organizing the District level Corrections Committees and taking meetings to prisons and jails. I learned amazing organizational skills and the ability to communicate effectively with a very large group of people through both oral and written correspondence.

LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE

YHC CLEAN

I own a small construction cleaning business that has been open for 11 years. I have between 4-10 full time employees (depending on my workload) and thoroughly enjoy what I do. I have learned patience, tolerance, and experienced exponential personal growth while running my own business. I am well versed in estimating, budgeting, accounting, paying taxes, finding solutions to issues, and keeping my cool in difficult situations. As a small business owner, I’ve faced and overcome many hurdles.

FEDERAL WAY HOMELESSNESS COALITION

I was the leader/chairperson of the Federal Way Homelessness Coalition from 2019 – 2020. This was a fulfilling volunteer position that gave me a new perspective on the homelessness predicament in our city. Our coalition was comprised of citizens, business owners, city council members, the sitting judge in Federal Way, Social Workers, people on the police force, and several homeless people who reside in Federal Way. We were growing fast, but COVID started in March and I felt it would be best to stop holding meetings. My goal is to restart the coalition when my business slows down late summer 2021.

SEASONS OF WASHINGTON

I started and ran a Non-Profit called “Seasons of Washington” from 2013 – 2017. This was a service that provided housekeeping, small home repairs, and company to senior citizens in the greater Federal Way area on a sliding fee scale. Senior citizens carry a special place in my heart. They carry wisdom, compassion, and give great advice. I absolutely enjoyed my time at Seasons. I learned how to listen carefully to people’s needs, and to respect the people in our community who gave us the basis of the lives we get to live today. I keep in contact with the clients who are still living and continue to provide services to them as a friend when I have the time.

EDUCATION

2001- Bachelor of Arts Degree in Cultural Anthropology, WSU

2001- Post Graduate Studies, Social Psychology, Ronald McNair Program, WSU

2000- Post Graduate Studies, Social Psychology, Ronald McNair Program, WSU

PUBLICATION

2000 – “In-Group Behavior of African American Students in Predominantly White Campuses” – Ronald McNair Journal