Erika Spitzer, Partner, Leonard Green & Partners, Joins CoachArt Board
Erika Spitzer, Partner at Leonard Green & Partners, L.P. (“LGP”) has joined the board of directors of CoachArt, a non-profit organization that matches volunteer coaches with chronically ill children and their siblings for free arts and athletics lessons.
“Erika’s passion for, and expertise in, high-growth endeavors will greatly benefit CoachArt as we seek to expand our service area,” said CoachArt Executive Director Greg Harrell-Edge.
Erika joined LGP in 2011 and leads the firm’s marketing, investor relations, public relations, and limited partner co-investment activities. Founded in 1989, LGP is a leading private equity investment firm based in Los Angeles with over $40 billion of committed capital raised since inception.
Prior to LGP, Erika was with Centerbridge Partners, a private equity and credit investment firm, and Renaissance Technologies, a quantitative hedge fund firm, both based in New York. She began her career at PwC working with financial services clients.
Erika earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Wellesley College cum laude and is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA). She is past president of the Wellesley Club of Los Angeles, which represents over 1,000 alumnae and supports the college’s admissions efforts across Southern California. She is a member of the Wellesley Business Leadership Council and serves on the Southern California Education Committee of 100 Women in Finance.
Erika grew up in Manhattan Beach, California and returned to the West Coast after beginning her career in New York. She lives on the Westside of Los Angeles with her husband and one-year-old son. She enjoys traveling, skiing, yoga, and the arts.
“I am honored to join CoachArt’s diverse and dynamic community that includes volunteer coaches, CoachArt staff, fellow board members, and, most importantly, children impacted by chronic illness and their families,” Erika said. “I am inspired by the resilient children who participate in CoachArt and am enthusiastic about continuing to broaden CoachArt’s reach during its next chapter of growth.”
CoachArt creates a transformative arts and athletics community for families impacted by childhood chronic illness. CoachArt was founded in 2001 by Zander Lurie and Leah Bernthal in memory of Zander’s father, Dr. Arthur Lurie, a cardiac surgeon who recognized the need for long-term support and enrichment among the pediatric patient population. Today, this non-profit organization provides high-quality, no-cost lessons and activities in arts and athletics to children in Los Angeles, San Diego, and the San Francisco Bay Area with the support of volunteers, community partners, and generous donors. To get involved please visit CoachArt.org/get-involved or call 213-736-2850.