GCN Board Chair Erika Norwood is an executive advisor, global executive, founder, conceptualist, and champion of diversity – amongst both people and perspectives.
Erika is the former President & CEO of Gray Matters Capital, a global venture capital firm that has invested over $150 million in socially-minded entrepreneurs and impact funds that are committed to improving the lives of 100 million women and girls across Africa, India, Latin America, South/SE Asia, and the U.S. Prior to serving as CEO, Erika successfully expanded the Gray Matters Capital’s footprint across India and, most notably, supported the development of the firm’s first gender-lens investment fund, CoLabs.
Over the course of her career, Erika has earned a reputation as a creative executive and customer-centric leader who doubles down on action and impact. Erika is an avid promoter for strengthening the presence of women and people of color in leadership positions in the workplace. She has been an active leader in finding tangible pathways for women to play a larger role in the field of investing by founding the InvestWISE Scholarship Fund while Executive Director of IDEX Accelerator, a social enterprise focused on developing human capital for the social enterprise sector across India.
Today, Erika resides in Atlanta with her son Caleb and also serves on the boards of IDEX Accelerator (India).