Erica has over 18 years of experience in higher education with a proven record of managing day-to-day operations, cultivating cross-functional collaboration, and implementing processes and tools to improve organizational effectiveness and compliance. Erica joins Achieving the Dream after serving as director of project management at the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Before this role, Erica worked at the Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin, where she supported the execution and management of various higher education initiatives. Erica is an experienced team leader with expertise in prioritizing work, strategizing workflows to improve efficiencies, and managing team members to achieve operational goals. Erica also collaborated with Dana Center staff in managing the production of multimedia projects that advocated the Dana Center Mathematics Pathways (DCMP) to a diverse audience through the Center’s higher education website and the monthly newsletter.
Erica worked at the Brooklyn College Library and the Dean’s Office of Student Affairs at New York University to support students’ academic needs. Previously at an immigration law firm, she interviewed clients, cataloged information, and researched human rights conditions as part of the case submission of political asylum and violence-against-women legal cases.
B.S. Radio, Television, and Film | The University of Texas at Austin
Project Management Certificate Program (Project Management Body of Knowledge Guide—6th Edition) | The University of Texas at Austin
Director, Project Management | Texas Education Agency
Manager, Project Management and Operations | Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin
Project Coordinator | Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin
How has education changed your life/your family?
Education has and continues to help me contextualize and make sense of my surroundings, community, and the world. Growing up in Pasadena, Texas, a suburb of Houston, I was the first in my family to go to college. Education opened up many possibilities for me and cultivated a lifelong appreciation for learning.Email Erica