Founder, TACTILE

Erika Velazquez Alpern is the VP, Marketing & Communications for the New Republic, where she oversees brand development, communications and PR, digital marketing, events, and revenue marketing. Additionally, Erika is the Founder of TACTILE, a creative agency that inspires more inclusive spaces for female thinkers, creators, and doers. Prior to joining the New Republic and launching TACTILE, Erika led brand marketing for the Guardian and led brand marketing for NewsCred. Before that, Erika led the AOL Artists program, where she created a network of 110 emerging artists and commissioned digital art for the AOL brand and for advertisers. While there, she led the launch of FriendsWithYou at the High Line, a 1-month public art installation, as well as partnerships with organizations, including New Museum, Tumblr, Northside Festival, and The Whitney. Before entering the media world, Erika worked in the arts and as an independent curator.




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