Erika Rief. Image by Sheridan Jones McCrae/AHW

Erika Rief. Image by Sheridan Jones McCrae/AHW

Erika Rief

School/Dept/Institution Affiliation(s):

Carey Business School

Maryland Institute College of Art


MBA/MA in Design Leadership

Ahw focus:

Transformative Technologies and Institutions


As a business student with a human-centered design focus, Erika Rief is excited to bring her multi-disciplinary approach and her passion for healthcare to the global health equity issues that the Alliance tackles. As an dual-degree student taking classes on four campuses herself, Erika sees the importance of developing relationships across Hopkins campuses and hopes to foster connections around furthering global healthy equity.   

Prior to graduate school, Erika worked in healthcare consulting and product development at Deloitte. During this time, she worked with national and regional provider and payer clients on value based care, M&A, strategy, and data visualization engagements.

With the desire to more directly affect patients, Erika decided to pursue a business graduate degree with a design thinking focus. Design thinking is an approach that stressing understanding the needs of the user before building a solution. This past summer, Erika put her skills to use as part of athenahealth's Strategic Design team, which promotes design thinking principles throughout the company. Moving forward, she hopes to use her business and human-centric design education to tackle healthcare and social enterprise issues in Baltimore, her hometown.

Beyond the classroom, Erika is a Thread volunteer, leader of Design for America – Baltimore, and a docent at the Jewish Museum of Maryland. Passionate about Jewish history, Erika has traced her lineage back to the 17th Century in Lithuania. She is also the biggest cheerleader for her brother’s startup company, Morning Brew, a daily business e-mail newsletter.

Further details:

  • Further details are available on Erika’s LinkedIn profile
  • More specific about her project work can be found on her website
  • You can connect with her via email