Erica Stiff-Coopwood is a native of Yazoo City, MS. She attended Yazoo City High and went on to receive her B.A. in Psychology from Agnes Scott College and her law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School.
After graduating law school, Erica clerked for Justice Adolpho Birch, Jr. on the Tennessee Supreme Court, and practiced as an employment and business law.
After moving to Memphis TN in 2010, Erica decided to devote her time, talents, and resources to improving the lives of others through her voluntarism with the Junior League of Memphis. Each of Erica’s placements were in Community, where she pressed and challenged each woman to devote her fair share of time, talents, and resources to the JLM and the communities they served.
Erica’s servant-leader heart prepared her to lead the JLM as President, where she served from June 2018-June 2020 as the JLM’s first Black President. Her experiences and placements in the JLM have also inspired and equipped Erica to serve in additional community volunteer roles in Memphis. Currently, she serves as a Trustee for Hutchison School, and she serves on the Board of Directors for the Children’s Foundation of Memphis.
Out of all her accomplishments, Erica is most proud of her family. She and Reginald have five children: three (adult) sons--Reginald II, (a hospital administrator), Ryan (an engineer), Reuben (an entertainment banker), and two girls--Riley, a 10th grader and avid reader and Rebecca, a budding actress and philosopher, both of whom are students at Hutchison School.