Hailing from Fayette County the Stotts family has produced some of the most iconic figures in government, Judge Rita Stotts and Memphis Fire Department Chief Carl Stotts. The family established (Edenton Farms) that spans 134 years and Philadelphia Baptist Church. Erika Stotts Pearson has risen to the forefront of Memphis politics. She attended East High School where she graduated in 1988 and received Presidential scholarships to schools across the country. She pursued degrees in Economics and Finance and Master of Science in Sport, and Leisure Commerce at the University of Memphis/University of Massachusetts. She was also one of the first females in Memphis to manage Professional Women’s Basketball Associations’ Memphis Blues’ as Assistant General Manager. Securing Championships with the National Conference team in 1995. She worked with the University of Memphis to secure the Canadian Football League Memphis Maddogs as well as NBA Now and the Memphis Grizzlies to Memphis. Under the tutelage of Reggie Williams, she would go on to serve in the administration of the Memphis Redbirds Triple A Baseball Team. As one of the few female Black sports agent/marketers she would work with MidSouth Sports, Duncan Williams, Jay Laney, Stanley Morgan New England Patriots Wide Receiver, and Attorney Allen Wade. Later she would meet and marry Rev. Derrick Joyce, the President of the 100 Black Men of Memphis where the two founded in partnership with the organization Memphis Academy of Health Sciences School. The very first Charter school in the state of Tennessee and city of Memphis, 2005. She is very active in education with her last years serving as Math Department Chair at Shelby County School Millington High School 2009-2010 school year. Currently she operates OpesDei Health Solutions and Precision Energy Logistics. Organizations that she has been involved with SCLC, NAACP, Board Member National Foundation Transplants, Partner 100 Black Men of Memphis, Kidz Biz, Partner Campaign for School Equity, Tennessee Pastors Action Coalition, Leadership Memphis, NEA, SCEA, MEA. Recently she snagged Congressional recognition and Shelby County Board of Commisioners for her endeavors to ensure that young people receive quality educations.