A Day in the Life at Open Society: Erika Ewers

A Day in the Life at Open Society: Erika Ewers


I’m from a small island outside Sweden. My mom had an international career, so I always got to travel a lot and see her in action. Somewhere, there, I made my decision to do the same. I am a program administrative specialist in the International Migration Initiative. We work to improve the protections for vulnerable migrants and refugees globally. Grant making is a whole apparatus. You can achieve a lot with an Excel spreadsheet that actually has impact. Every little thing that you do does make a difference. I’m in contact with a lot of the grantees and I help them with everything that they need. But it’s also to work internally. I’m the liaison between Legal, Communications, and Finance and my team. You can take risks here. You, A, can learn a lot within the role that you have, but then also you can make lateral moves. I work for the migration program, but I’m also interested in journalism. There’s loads of brown bags that you can go and learn about what our grantees do and what other programs do. We sometimes invite external speakers. We sometimes talk ourselves. There’s always opportunities to learn here. It’s a very global office. You have people from the private sector, you’ve got people who’ve worked in arts. I think also that’s what makes our work move forward in the pace that it does. We challenge each other. I’m eight months pregnant. There’s a lot of workplaces where women come back and they realize that their position is completely changed. I’m not concerned about that here. It’s been a very supportive environment.

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