Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President
Erika Norwood is a global executive, entrepreneur, conceptualist and champion of diversity - amongst both people and perspectives.
Erika is the President & CEO of Gray Matters Capital, providing the long-term visionary and strategic investment direction for how the firm will achieve its mission to improve the lives of 100 million women and girls around the world.
Prior to serving as CEO, Erika successfully expanded the Gray Matters Capital’s footprint across India and most notably built and grew the India operations team and supported the development of the firm’s first gender-lens investment fund, CoLabs, in her role as Executive Director.
Prior to serving as Executive Director for GMC, Erika served as Executive Director for IDEX Accelerator & Global Fellows Program, a social enterprise focused on developing human capital for the social enterprise sector across India.
Erika began her impact career at Gray Matters Capital as a Program Officer in 2006. She managed the programmatic and grant-making efforts, oversaw the development of pilot programs across India and focused on cultivating global partnerships and ecosystem outreach for Gray Matters Capital's affordable private school initiative.
Over the course of her 15+ year career, Erika has earned a formidable reputation by peers and partners as a creative executive and customer-centric leader who doubles down on action and impact. Erika is an avid promoter for strengthening the presence of women and people of color in leadership positions in the workplace. She has been an active leader in finding tangible pathways for women play a larger role in the field of investing by founding the InvestWISE Scholarship Fund while at IDEX.
Today, Erika resides in Atlanta, GA with her son Caleb and actively serves on the boards of the Georgia Center for Nonprofits (U.S.), MPower Finance (U.S.), Indian School Finance Company (India), Instituto Salus (Mexico), IDEX Accelerator (India) and serves as chair of Edfin Microfinance Bank (Nigeria) and Gray Matters Capital (U.S.).