Erica Phung, Senior Government Relations Director for Southern California, American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

Erica has served as Senior Government Relations Director for Southern California at the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association since 2006. In her tenure at the AHA/ASA, Erica has worked on numerous local, state and federal policy initiatives that impact cardiovascular and cerebrovascular health. She also serves as Chair of San Diego’s Tobacco Control Coalition, and helped orchestrate the passage of California’s landmark tobacco prevention policies including adding e-cigarettes to California’s Smoke-Free Workplaces Law, raising the minimum tobacco purchase age to 21 and passage of Proposition 56, California’s $2 tobacco tax. For Erica, health advocacy is both a personal and professional passion. This San Diego native also doubles as a yoga teacher and has taught over 800 yoga classes.