Erica Newton Fessia

Ms. Fessia has over 20 years of Human Resources experience working in mid-size to large companies, and currently holds the position of Director, Inclusion and Diversity at Qualcomm, Incorporated. Ms. Fessia has held various leadership positions throughout Qualcomm including HR Director as the lead HR business partner on the executive staff of a $450 million division with over 1,100 employees.

Prior to rejoining Qualcomm in 2014, Ms. Fessia operated a consulting practice specializing in serving small to mid-size companies that have little to no internal HR support. Fessia Consulting was focused on helping companies navigate through compliance issues in order to focus on establishing best practices to attract and retain their employees.

In 2007, she also launched a non-profit organization, South Bay Children’s Museum, to pursue her passion for creating memorable learning experiences in the areas of math, science and art for children in her community. The Museum continues its mission through support of other non-profit organizations across San Diego County.

Ms. Fessia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UC, San Diego. She is a graduate of LEAD San Diego and served two years on the Alumni Association Council for that organization. She is also a graduate of the City of Chula Vista Leadership Academy and served one year on the City of Chula Vista Cultural Arts Commission.