Erika Beltran

Erika

Member, Texas State Board of Education

Dallas, Texas

Erika Beltran was elected to the Texas State Board of Education in November 2014 and will serve a four-year term.

Prior to joining the Board, Erika spent a year in the San Francisco Bay Area working for a large private family foundation and worked on efforts to help close school readiness gaps. From California, Erika moved to Washington, D.C., where she spent five years working for a national civil rights organization tracking federal education policy and advocating for the needs of low-income children and families.

Currently, Erika works as the regional director for a national nonprofit that develops the leadership skills of Teach For America corps members and alumni in Dallas-Fort Worth and San Antonio, Texas.

Erika hold’s a master’s of public affairs from LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin.

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Posted June 29, 2015
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‘Treated with a Lack of Dignity’: What Message Are We Sending Students?

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