Erika Backberg (she/her), Executive Director

A St. Paul native, Erika spent the last 20 years traveling the globe designing social impact solutions and strategies with public and private sector organizations. Before joining Pathways, she was the Chief Social Impact Officer at Kresser Institute for Functional Medicine. Additionally, she was the Principal of a creative solutions consultancy, a research consultant for state and federal legal teams, held the role of Director of Sustainable Business & Donations for Los Angeles-based EcoSet Consulting — a company that implements zero-waste practices for international film productions, and served as the Youth Outreach Coordinator for Saint Paul Neighborhood Network. Erika brings a holistic lens, a tireless passion, and an open heart as she welcomes everyone into the Pathways community.  

“Pathways is a breath of fresh air, and I am honored to contribute to this impactful organization at the forefront of both the health equity and holistic health movements.”