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As the deputy director of strategy and higher education, Erica leads WE CAN TX. The Workforce Education Community College Apprenticeship Network develops and scales work-based learning experiences and credential attainment for youth ages 16-24 across Texas. WE CAN TX engages workforce boards and community colleges to build pathways ensuring equitable outcomes for first-generation, low-income students of color in Texas to meet the labor demands of businesses.

Prior to joining CFT, Erica spent nearly a decade as assistant director of research in mathematics education in Southern Methodist University’s School of Education.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in art history and Spanish from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Texas, Arlington.

Joined CFT


Favorite Aspect of CFT

"I love building relationships with the WE CAN TX network and supporting their efforts toward engaging employer partners to build robust apprenticeships."

Favorite Quote

To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.

— Eleanor Roosevelt