Ericka L. Gray Wylie
Ericka L. Gray Wylie’s first job was as a greeter in her family’s funeral home in West Baltimore. She was seven, but the lesson of being understanding of others during a difficult time was not too advanced for her age. In fact, she believes it has informed her current work.
As Northwest Hospital’s emergency manager, Wylie prepares for and assists in mitigating any natural or manmade disasters that could affect the facility. On a day-to-day basis that means ensuring that preparedness efforts, materials and funding are in place to maintain the safety of 1,500 employees, 250 patient beds and hundreds of visitors.
Wylie, who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Iona College in New York, serves as the secretary of Infragard Members Alliance Maryland, which is part of a nationwide partnership between the FBI and private sector groups to share information to prevent hostile acts against U.S. infrastructure.
She also is a volunteer with the Maryland Responds Medical Reserve Corps and serves on the Young Professionals Leadership Council for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Through The Center Club’s Young Members Committee, Wylie helped to organize Moving Baltimore Forward, a forum for business professionals to help unite Baltimore after the unrest following the death of Freddie Gray in 2015.
“I believe that as a developing professional that your work does not remain at work,” Wylie said. “We have to be supporters and good stewards of justice by bringing topics and concerns to the forefront and offering a safe environment to have a constructive conversation.”