TCCC announces interim CEO

August 22, 2023

The Board of Directors of Tri-County Cradle to Career is pleased to announce the appointment of Ericka Plater as interim Chief Executive Officer through December 31, 2023. Ms. Plater has extensive experience and knowledge in non-profit leadership and has served on the TCCC board for the past two years. In addition, she worked with former CEO, Phyllis Martin, to re-launch the Community Leaders Council where she served as the Chair until this past December.

Ericka steps into this role as an executive leader with over 25 years’ experience in the areas of nonprofit organizational development, business and strategic planning, diversity, equity and inclusion, leadership development, program development, and training and conferences. She has utilized these skills across the fields of public education, healthcare, public health, philanthropy and community development. Ericka has experience working with national grasstops and with local, grassroots community members. She has written articles, spoken at and facilitated conference and program sessions related to the various areas she has mastered throughout her career.

Under her previous leadership as Executive Director of Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach Services, Inc, the organization was awarded the Secretary of State’s 2021 Angel Award, and the Charleston Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural Nonprofit of the Year award in 2022. Ericka has served and continues to serve on various nonprofit boards and committees in Charleston and other states.

In addition to overseeing day-to-day operations, Ericka will shepherd the important work in process including nurturing the Data Collaborative, assisting the Lowcountry Digital Equity Coalition in establishing itself self as an independent network, guide the Strategic Advisory Youth Council launch and development, supporting the Community Leaders Council and several other initiatives. She will also steward our external partnerships and work alongside the Board to ensure the organization is effectively positioned to welcome a new CEO after an executive search process.

“Having worked with TCCC in some capacity for the last 3 years, I am excited to bring my leadership and nonprofit knowledge to this role in the organization. As a believer in the mission of TCCC to transform systems so that Black and Brown children can achieve their goals, I am committed to the work necessary during this critical time of transition, and we, the organization, remain committed to the Tri-County community. I thank the Board for trusting me with this responsibility, and the staff for welcoming me.”