Erica Jefferson currently serves as Vice President, Corporate Communications at Dermira, Inc. a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing innovative therapies for patients living with chronic dermatologic conditions. In this role, she oversees all corporate, employee, executive and product communications as well as government affairs for the company. Prior to joining Dermira, Erica was Senior Director for Corporate Communications at Pharmacyclics LLC, an AbbVie company. In this role, she managed all communications activities for IMBRUVICA® (ibrutinib), a first-in-class therapy for several blood cancers and all aspects of internal and external communications at the company.
Prior to joining Pharmacyclics, Erica served as the Acting Assistant Commissioner for Media Affairs at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In this role, she served as the principal spokesperson for the agency and advised and prepared senior agency officials on communication key regulatory issues to the public. She also oversaw all planning, development and implementation of agency-wide media communications strategies for disseminating regulatory and educational information to the public through the news media. Prior to this role, Ms. Jefferson served as the Deputy Director for Strategy in the office.
Ms. Jefferson previously worked for Genentech Inc. (a member of the Roche Group), as a Corporate Relations Manager where she managed product communications and patient advocacy activities for several oncology and immunology drug therapies. She has also held communications positions with the American Pharmacists Association where she served as the primary media spokesperson on key policy initiatives including pharmaceuticals in the environment, Medicare Part D and medication misuse and The McGinn Group (currently McGinn and Company), where she provided communication support for a variety of pharmaceutical, academic, automotive, and financial services clients.
Ms. Jefferson holds a Master’s degree in Health Communication from The Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Maryland, College Park.