Erica Hunt was born in New York City. She received her B.A. in literature from San Francisco State University. She has received fellowships from the Duke University/University of Cape Town Center for Leadership and Public Values, the Fund for Poetry, the Blue Mountain Center, and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. She has become a member of many organizations, including the Twenty-first Century Foundation, Diversity and Effectiveness in Philanthropy, the International Working Group on Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace, Rye Collaborative, National Center for Black Philanthropy, and the New York Regional Association of Grantmakers. She served as cochair of the New York Association of Foundation and Corporate Giving Programs Gulf Recovery Task Force. She has also worked as a housing organizer, radio producer, poetry teacher, and program officer for a social justice campaign.