At Eriksen, we celebrate diversity. Applaud imagination. Strive for excellence. And constantly seek to evolve. We come to work every day excited by our shared passion for language and communication. Our success results from the quality of our work, our collaborative attitude, and the way we treat our clients.
We care about the details. And we go the extra mile to support clients that strive to inspire, innovate, educate, and change the world for the better.
Eriksen Translations was born in 1986 when founder Vigdis Eriksen turned her career as a Norwegian translator into a business. In a Brooklyn artist loft, equipped with a few typewriters and a passionate team of linguists, Vigdis founded a culture of excellence. Since then, it’s been one continuous evolution. Eriksen has diversified its capabilities, expanded into more than 100 languages, and embraced cutting-edge industry technology to support clients around the world. Today, the heart and soul of the company remains committed to a single principle: exceeding clients’ expectations with creativity, exacting standards, and willingness to learn.
woman-owned and operated
Eriksen is certified as a woman-owned business enterprise (WBE) by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and the City and State of New York.
We are honest and trustworthy. We do what we say we are going to do. We strive to earn the respect of our clients, peers, and community.
We are a team of enthusiastic high achievers who work closely with our clients to help them realize their vision.
We combine our expertise with our willingness to learn so that we exceed expectations.
We encourage new ideas and always seek creative ways to grow, learn, and innovate.
get to know us
We’re a diverse team. Museumgoers. Grammar nerds. World travelers. Chocoholics. Dog lovers and cat people. Artists, authors, musicians, and yogis. United by a passion for language, communication, and supporting clients that do good.
Founder & CEO
Driven by her passion for language, Vigdis Eriksen founded Eriksen Translations in 1986 and grew the company into one of the nation’s top language services providers.
Born in Norway, Vigdis studied English, French, Dutch, and German, along with her native Norwegian. She moved to New York in her 20s to pursue theater, but changed direction to work as a freelance translator. Recognizing the early potential of what would one day become a thriving industry, Vigdis launched her business, Eriksen Translations. Today, she guides the company’s strategic vision and oversees daily operations.
Vigdis is a member of the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), the American Translators Association, the Globalization & Localization Association, and the New York Circle of Translators. In 2014, she was honored as an International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge awardee at the organization’s annual conference in Stockholm, Sweden. Vigdis has been on the Inc. 5,000 list for four consecutive years, has won seven Women Presidents’ Educational Organization Done Deals Challenge awards, as well as a Business Owner’s Council award for Best Company Culture.
Under Vigdis’ leadership, Eriksen Translations is certified as a woman-owned business enterprise (WBE) by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and the City and State of New York.
A tireless advocate for the protection of linguists, Vigdis is a founding board member and chair of Red T, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of translators and interpreters working in conflict zones. In her not-so-spare time, Vigdis enjoys travel, the arts, and the innumerable pleasures of life in New York City.
Director of Marketing
As Eriksen’s marketing director, Jen supports the company’s sales and business development efforts by communicating Eriksen’s story, brand, and capabilities.
With degrees in fine arts and graphic and interactive design, Jen held a variety of marketing and communications roles in the fields of art, education, and architecture before joining the Eriksen team in 2013.
Jen loves to hike, bike, and practice yoga when she’s not out training for her next marathon or inside working on a painting or drawing. She is the proud owner of a cuddly hound dog named Cooper.
Director of Sales
Will makes it his business to know our clients’ business. As Director of Sales, he builds long-term partnerships with our clients in the arts and culture, creative services, and publishing fields.
The highlights of Will’s career include fifteen years leading creative and editorial teams for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, directing licensing for the American Museum of Natural History, and serving as editorial director for Abbeville Press, an independent publisher of fine art and illustrated books. Today he oversees the company’s sales and business development efforts.
A community-minded Brooklyn resident, Will serves as co-chair of the Brooklyn Youth Music Project, has coached for Brooklyn American Youth Soccer Organization, and is a fifteen-year member of the Park Slope Food Co-op.
Director of Production
With a combination of strategic thinking, flair, and hard work, Yasmin brings out the best in her production team, fostering a collaborative culture that nurtures everyone’s strengths. She oversees production and ensures we approach all projects with planning, airtight processes, and the highest attention to detail.
Originally from New Delhi, Yasmin is fluent in Hindi and Urdu. Following a four-year stint in journalism and television production, she relocated to the U.S. and spent over twenty years immersed in the translation and localization industry. After working in every part of the business for companies such as LanguageWorks and Geneva Worldwide, Yasmin brought her expertise to the Eriksen team in 2018.
She spends her nights and weekends indulging in films or graphic novels and pampering her poodle, who is aptly named Poodle.
Director of Client Services
Kevin is a master at crafting the right solution for any client. As leader of Eriksen’s client services team, Kevin uses his experience, drive, and strategic insights to build a client-focused organization that delivers high-quality results.
With over 17 years of industry experience, Kevin held key roles for companies including TransPerfect and LanguageWorks (now Ubiqus), overseeing all aspects of the business, from vendor management to business development, client relationships, and production.
A lifelong musician, Kevin plays drums in several bands. He’s an avid record collector and sports fan who lives in Gowanus, Brooklyn.
As Eriksen’s financial wiz, Marta oversees the company’s accounting functions, payroll and benefits administration, and accounts payable and receivable.
Originally from Poland, Marta grew up learning English along with her native Polish. After moving to the U.S. and earning her bachelor’s degree in finance, she spent 10 years working for the accounting department of a language services provider. She learned the ins and outs of the position before bringing her expertise to Eriksen in 2018.
When she’s not in the office, Marta can often be found outside swimming, barbecuing, or working in the garden growing vegetables and herbs (basil – her favorite!).
Part of Eriksen’s Cordoba, Argentina team, Marcos knows how to find the right technological solutions to solve any problem. Eriksen’s production team enlists his expertise to develop appropriate procedures and accurate timelines for complex projects.
Marcos’ impressive resume includes a bachelor’s degree from the Instituto José Manuel Estrada, a systems engineer/analyst degree from the Instituto Universitario Aeronáutico, and a specialization in management engineering from the Universidad Tecnológica Nacional. He is currently working towards his MBA. After holding IT positions for Hewlett Packard in Argentina and Scotiabank in Chile, Marcos joined the Eriksen team in 2010.
Outside the office, Marcos is a busy dad who enjoys spending time with his daughter Emma. He keeps active by playing tennis, soccer, and paintball, and advancing his study of Aikido.
Shelby knows how to make juggling look easy. As our vendor manager, she recruits, tests, and oversees our network of freelance translators and interpreters. She works closely with our production team to ensure that our vendor pool supports current and future needs.
After graduating from Temple University with a bachelor’s degree in German and French, Shelby received a Fulbright grant for a teaching assistantship in Germany. Upon her return to the U.S., she spent four years as a vendor manager for Morningside Translations before joining the Eriksen team in 2018.
Shelby is a Brooklyn resident who spends her weekends visiting New York’s many museums or heading out of the city for a hike. She is an avid reader who is the proud owner of a cat named Olive.
Senior Account Manager
It’s his ability to listen to his clients that helps Peter deliver the right solutions. Part of the Eriksen team since 2002, Peter’s wealth of experience helps him facilitate complex projects to support clients in the finance and insurance industries.
After earning his bachelor’s degree from NYU, Peter entered the graphic arts field and was mentored by industry professionals in the art of typesetting. This led him to his career in multilingual typesetting and then translation.
Peter spends his weekends walking, swimming, biking, and taking yoga classes.
Senior Account Manager
Kristi takes pride in her work and ensures that all the details turn out right. A member of the Eriksen team since 2005, she serves as the first level of support to her clients, ensuring their continued satisfaction.
With a bachelor’s degree in French and political science, Kristi held account and project management positions with LanguageWorks and Merrill Corporation before joining the Eriksen team in 2005.
A true adventurer, she sailed around the world during college, visiting countries from Brazil to Vietnam to Japan. Outside of work, Kristi enjoys spending time with family and friends and traveling to sunny places with lots of water.
Known around the office for her quick wit and animated smile, Farines excels at keeping her clients happy. On a daily basis, she guides her clients through the translation process, overseeing their jobs from kickoff to successful completion.
Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, Farines is a native Spanish speaker who is conversant in English, French, and Portuguese. She earned her Juris Doctorate degree and completed the PROMISE training program for medical interpreting at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. In 2012, Farines joined the Eriksen team as interpreting coordinator and advanced into her current role.
A foodie who loves sampling all varieties of food and drink, Farines enjoys cooking and learning new ways to refine her culinary skills. She is an avid traveler, who visits Portugal and the Dominican Republic regularly.
Courtney supports Eriksen’s work with clients in education and health care as well as New York City agencies. In addition to overseeing all aspects of the translation and localization workflow for her clients, Courtney coordinates our interpreting services.
Courtney joined Eriksen in 2015, bringing with her a wealth of experience supporting hospital and healthcare clients for Pacific Interpreters and LanguageLine Solutions.
An ardent music fan and concertgoer, Courtney has seen the Dave Matthews Band over 40 times. She travels regularly, with her coolest adventure to date being a sailing trip through French Polynesia.
Project Management Team Lead
With her infectious enthusiasm, Aisha knows just how to encourage others to succeed. She supports the production team with technical know-how and expertise, and works tirelessly to improve processes.
Aisha grew up in a truly multicultural environment. Born in Germany, she spent her childhood in Senegal, lived in Egypt during her teens, and attended college in Germany, France, and the U.K. She then held translation, business development, and account management roles for companies in Switzerland, Germany, and Tunisia before moving to Brooklyn and joining Eriksen in 2016.
In addition to her native French and German, Aisha is fluent in English and working to improve her Arabic. A world traveler, she has visited over 20 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas.
Senior Project Manager
No challenge seems too large for Rodrigo to handle. With an eye for detail and a wealth of technical know-how, he oversees all phases of the translation and localization process for clients in the finance and insurance industries.
A certified translator with a degree from the National University of Córdoba, Rodrigo lives and works in Argentina. He first joined Eriksen in 2006 as a project coordinator, and has moved up the ranks to his current position of Senior Project Manager.
When Rodrigo isn’t managing projects for our clients, he can be found spending time with his two young children, Lucas and Vicky. He’s an avid music fan, and even as a busy dad, he’s always up for a challenging mountain bike ride.
Senior Project Manager
An art lover and a linguist, Bettiana has been a valuable member of Eriksen’s Argentina team since 2010. She oversees all phases of translation and localization projects and supports terminology management by creating and maintaining glossaries to preserve accuracy and consistency.
Originally from northern Argentina, Bettiana began studying English when she was only eight, and has since learned Italian and French. She graduated from the prestigious National University of Córdoba as a Certified Public Translator and is now working on her Master’s in Terminology Management from Barcelona’s Pompeu Fabra University.
A regular concertgoer, Bettiana loves music along with literature and photography. She travels often, throughout Argentina as well as Europe, Asia and the Caribbean, always making time to visit an art museum or check out a band.
Annika is our in-house Swede. After attending college in Sweden and the U.K., she moved to the U.S. in 1998 and joined Eriksen as an intern, working her way up to the role of project manager. She left in 2005 for other pursuits, before rejoining the Eriksen team in 2015.
Today, Annika supports translation and localization projects by preparing files, communicating with vendors, and ensuring all deliverables are completed on time and within budget.
In addition to her native Swedish, Annika understands Danish and Norwegian and speaks some German and Spanish. Her daughter, Sofia, is fluent in Swedish as well, and the family spends a few weeks each year visiting Sweden.
Localization Project Manager
A level-headed problem solver with a love of languages, Joe manages all phases of Eriksen’s localization projects. He ensures efficient, effective completion on time and within budget, and makes sure the final deliverables adhere to client specifications.
After earning his bachelor’s degree in linguistics from the University of Florida, Joe taught English to middle schoolers in Lyon, France and high schoolers in rural Japan. He held vendor and project management roles with CRAFT Translation and LanguageWorks (now Ubiqus), before joining Eriksen in 2019.
Joe is an avid reader in English, French and Spanish. He enjoys watching movies from around the world, and travels frequently, always excited to explore new destinations.
Spanish Quality Manager
Silvia is Eriksen’s Spanish-language expert. She performs translation, editing, proofreading, and cultural consulting for Spanish projects, ensuring they meet all the requirements for grammar and structure while maintaining the appropriate stylistic flavor.
A native Spanish speaker from Bogotá, Colombia, Silvia earned her bachelor’s degree in literature from the Universidad de los Andes. She moved to the U.S. in 2001 and worked as an editor and quality manager at TransPerfect Translations before joining the Eriksen team in 2004.
Silvia loves to read, particularly fiction and poetry, and participates in a Spanish book club. She keeps the creative fires burning by writing fiction and attending a Spanish-language writers’ workshop.
Since joining Eriksen in 2018, Kim has quickly become an invaluable member of the accounting team, handling billing and collections and working closely with the controller to perform a variety of administrative and accounting functions.
Originally from Illinois, Kim earned her bachelor’s in business management from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and attended the Grenoble Graduate School of Business in Grenoble, France. After graduation, she held accounting, marketing, and outreach positions for companies in the home improvement and food and beverage industries.
Outside the office, Kim enjoys practicing yoga, discovering new artists, and exploring New York City.
join our team
Eriksen is always interested in hearing from qualified candidates who are eager to work in our industry. Joining our team is an excellent opportunity to become part of a reputable, well-established language services company.
We do not currently have any open positions available, but if you would like to be considered for future opportunities as an account or project manager, please submit your application below.
Eriksen is always seeking to add new translators, interpreters, and other language industry specialists to our global freelance network. If you are an experienced linguist with passion for the arts, finance, education, or one of the other industries we serve, we invite you submit your qualifications through our online Vendor Portal.
the Sun Horse
Solhästen, the Sun Horse, is a familiar image in Norse mythology. According to legend, he guides the sun on its eternal journey across the skies. As a standard-bearer of exemplary service, Solhästen epitomizes the tradition and spirit of Eriksen. Our logo was adapted from a Bronze Age rock carving discovered on the west coast of Sweden.