Erica May Scherzer is an activist, feminist, social justice and human rights advocate who has worked with multiple non-profits in Arizona, Michigan, and Washington, D.C. Throughout her travels across the country, Erica has found that her activism and community work are intertwined with modern slavery. Her work with Polaris focuses on leveraging her knowledge of and experience with these connections to human trafficking on Capitol Hill.
No stranger to fighting on behalf of America’s most vulnerable populations, Erica has had a tremendous impact in the regions she has lived. In D.C., she rallied other Washington Nationals spouses to support the team’s annual “Night OUT” event. “Night OUT” is the largest LGBT Community Night in professional sports, with over 3,000 people attending in 2015. Erica also spearheaded a women’s empowerment program at the Nationals’ Youth Baseball Academy, which held its first event in August 2015 at Nationals Park with 16 scholar athletes.
While part of the Detroit Tigers’ family, Erica helped found and run the Tigers Wives Fund. She also led women’s empowerment events with at-risk girls, along with wives from the Detroit Tigers, Rochester Red Wings, and Detroit Lions.
Erica May Scherzer and her husband, Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer, have been together since 2004 and strive to create meaningful impact in their local and national communities. They currently reside in Washington, D.C. during the baseball season and Phoenix, Arizona, in the off-season with their rescued dogs and cats Rafi, Bo, Rocco, Buster, and Nahla.