Vice President of Operations and Strategic Leadership
Ericka has left The Education Trust for her next adventure. Though she is no longer at Ed Trust, we maintain this bio page as a record of the wonderful work she contributed while with us.
As chief operating officer of The Education Trust, Ericka is responsible for day-to-day management of the organization, with direct oversight of strategic planning, development, finance and accounting, human resources, information technology, and office administration. She also leads the senior management team, which includes ensuring appropriate integration of the work of all departments as well as the coherence of cross-cutting major programmatic and operational matters.
Before joining the staff of Ed Trust, Ericka was vice president and director of the national executive search firm Isaacson, Miller, where she led the firm’s K-12 education practice, helping to place capable leaders in mission-driven organizations as well as university schools of education. Prior to joining the firm, Ericka was president and chief operating officer of The McKenzie Group (now part of American Institutes for Research), a comprehensive education consulting firm with a 20-year history of providing evaluation and technical assistance services to school districts, institutions of higher education, federal agencies, foundations, and other public and private organizations.
Ericka also served as legislative assistant to former U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey, advising the senator on all elementary, secondary, and postsecondary education policy issues. Before her time on the Hill, Ericka was assistant professor of English literature at Mills College, in Oakland, California. Prior to launching her career in education, she was an editor at the Washingtonian magazine. Ericka holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and a doctorate from Stanford University. She is a member of Leadership Washington’s Class of 2004, and she serves on a number of nonprofit boards.
What drew you to education?
I was drawn to education because I realized very early in life that education is self-empowering. When you learn how to learn, you acquire the ability to navigate the world in a way that enables you to maximize personal and professional growth opportunities for yourself but also improve the lives of others. I benefited from an excellent education, and I wanted to help make it possible for others to have that experience.
Why are you passionate about working at Ed Trust?
I’m passionate about working at Ed Trust because I get to help advance a mission that is deeply meaningful to me but is also critically important to the health and well-being of our nation. And I get to do that with some of the smartest people on the planet, whose integrity, generosity, and good humor make me excited to come to work every day.