Coordinator, Educational Partnerships & Initiatives
Phone: (562) 951-4787; Fax: (562) 951-4982
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Erika's primary responsibility is to create, fund, implement and evaluate discipline-specific initiatives that support community engagement efforts across the 23 campuses of the CSU, with a specific focus on the STEM disciplines. In partnership with private, federal and state sectors, she works with CSU faculty, staff, administrators and students to support innovative, high-impact educational practices, such as service learning.
Erika has an extensive background in community service learning and higher education administration, planning and policy. She was the founding director of the CSU Chancellor’s Office, Office of Community Service Learning (now Center for Community Engagement), from 1998-2003. During that time she grew the Office to prominence with several systemwide initiatives and grants; partnerships with organizations like California Campus Compact, national Campus Compact, and the Corporation for National and Community Service; and innovative program development at all 23 CSU campuses. All total, Erika secured over $11 million in funding for service learning during her tenure as director of community service learning. Since 2003, she has served in a variety of consulting capacities, including for the CSU since 2008.
Erika received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from James Madison University (VA) and her master’s degree in education from Harvard University, Graduate School of Education (MA). Prior to coming to the CSU Chancellor’s Office, Erika held positions as Special Assistant to the President (Wheelock College); Director of First Year Programs (Wheelock College) and Coordinator of Community Service (Wheelock College).