Erica Schmidt-Portnoy, LMSW
Erica Schmidt-Portnoy, Senior Programs Director, provides supervision and support for RST's Programs team, comprised of Programs Manager, Senior Programs Manager for Survivor Services, and Program Coordinator. This team manages many essential activities for RST including grants management, compliance monitoring, program reporting, data management, providing technical guidance and training for service center staff, and oversight and development of two expanding program areas for RST - services for survivors of human trafficking and immigration services.
Erica served as the Area Director for RST in Austin since 2013, managing RST's largest and most diverse program portfolio in the state. She led the Austin office through a period of dramatic expansion in capacity and breadth of services provided, while also ensuring that the quality and compliance of those services were maintained at the highest level. Erica began working with RST as the Resettlement Supervisor in Austin in 2011 and previously served as a grant writer for Catholic Charities in San Antonio and as a Volunteer Coordinator with the International Rescue Committee in New York City. Erica has a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Texas in Austin and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Sociology from Trinity University in San Antonio.