Founder + Executive Director
With degrees in Animal Science and Ecology and Systematic Biology from Cal Poly, Erica jumped into the field of educational equity with Teach For America, a national non-profit organization aimed at closing the achievement gap in America. She remained in the field of education working for YES College Prep as a teacher, Dean of Instruction and District Content Specialist, until she heard about the issue of human trafficking.
With this newfound knowledge and an entrepreneurial spirit, Erica launched Houston’s first and only non-profit coffee shop working to fight human trafficking in the city. Erica is dedicated to ensuring that A 2nd Cup become a major hub of anti-trafficking education and action and a beacon of light to those still trapped in modern-day slavery.
Director of Operations
Chasiti joined the A 2nd Cup team as Director of Strategic Engagement and has since taken on the role of Director of Operations. She brings over 13 years of experience in Operational Excellence, Multi-Unit Management, and People Development to the team. Joining the team at A 2nd Cup allows her to fuel her passion for people, service, advocacy, and empowerment. Chasiti is committed to keeping customer service and experience at the forefront of the organization while also maintaining healthy relationships with our partners. When she is not at the shop, she enjoys spending time with her family, working out at local gyms, and eating the best food Houston has to offer.
Director of Programs
Kathryn joined the A 2nd Cup team as Development Director, and has since moved into this brand new role overseeing all of our awareness and aftercare efforts. As an LMSW, Kathryn has worked to serve others in both community level and direct service roles, in the fields of political advocacy, economic development, fundraising and capacity building, and child welfare. She came to A 2nd Cup with a strong passion to educate and build up the Houston community with a mission-minded focus in fighting human trafficking together. Outside of the shop, Kathryn loves spending time with her partner and two pets - Hank the dachshund and Amelia the tabby cat. As a native Houstonian, Kathryn enjoys visiting our community parks and biking trails, eating tacos, and drinking coffee.
Director of Development
Jon serves as the General Manager here at A 2nd Cup. He is generally organizing the day to day activities, developing customer relationships, and serving great coffee! His love for the art of coffee has grown through the last five years in the industry. His goal is to help spread and educate people on our social impact while educating on new and great ways of making coffee. His favorite drink is an iced pour over. His favorite thing to do in Houston is look for new local eats and cafes!
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