Erica Oosterhout is from Tampa, Florida. She graduated from Harvard University in 2019 with a degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology and a secondary in Economics. Her studies exposed her to the systemic barriers in healthcare and have led her to pursue a career in law and defend racial equity and health justice.
During her time at Harvard, Erica was captain of the Harvard Women’s Tennis team and was awarded the 2016 Rookie of the Year and First Team All-Ivy for both singles and doubles. She also conducted microbial research, studying the effects of environmental pressures on bacterial cell growth and mobility. Additionally, Erica was a volunteer mentor for the Crimson Medical Mentorship Program, a program that aimed to introduce underrepresented high school students to various careers in medicine.
After graduating, Erica continued her tennis career on the women’s professional tennis tour. She competed in tournaments around the world, eventually reaching a career-high ranking of 501. In her free time, Erica continued to pursue her interest in improving healthcare access, by volunteering with the American Red Cross as an EMT. Erica worked directly with individuals affected by recent disasters to ensure they had access to necessary medical equipment and medications.
Erica hopes to use her law degree to bridge the gap between law, policy, and medicine and find lasting solutions that improve health outcomes. Erica hopes to honor Dr. Alexander’s legacy by championing social justice and equity not just in healthcare but in all realms.