Government Affairs Director
Erica Hanichak is the government affairs director at the FACT Coalition, where she leads the group’s engagement with federal policymakers, particularly as it pertains to the FACT’s anti-money laundering priorities.
Erica is an advocacy professional dedicated to improving U.S. anti-money laundering safeguards and mitigating global corruption. Before joining FACT, Erica spent five years working with U.S.-based nonprofits focused on advancing transparent governance, accountability, and rule of law in the Middle East. Erica served as government relations director at Americans for a Free Syria, where she partnered with lawmakers, administration officials, and other grassroots nonprofit organizations to pass bipartisan legislation to counter the financing of human rights abuses and mass atrocities. She likewise campaigned to augment counterterror financing programs and prevent the diversion and abuse of U.S. humanitarian aid. She previously worked as an analyst of U.S.-Turkish relations in Washington, D.C.
Erica is a 2022-2023 Penn-Kemble Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy, and is an ACAMS certified anti-money laundering specialist. She has appeared on Fox News, CBN News, and international television media, and her work and comments have been featured in pieces by the Associated Press, Washington Post, PBS Frontline, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and The Hill, among others. Erica holds a Bachelors of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in International Politics, with a focus on International Security and Eurasian Studies.