Erika Beltran was elected to the State Board of Education in November 2014 and will serve a four year term. She is an educator committed to improving public education in Texas. The daughter of Mexican immigrants, Erika was born and raised in District 13, on the north side of Fort Worth and is a proud graduate of North Side High School. She is passionate about ensuring that every student in Texas receives a high quality education and is committed to serving her home district.
She currently serves as the Tarrant County Program Director for Leadership ISD, an organization dedicated to cultivating leaders who will be strong champions for public education in North Texas. A native of Fort Worth, Erika has worked in education for over a decade and started her career as a Teach For America corps member in Houston, Texas. Her experience as a first-generation college graduate and bilingual kindergarten and fourth grade teacher inspired her to commit her career to ending educational inequity.
Erika has worked at the local, state, and federal level advocating for the needs of low-income children and families. After teaching, Erika spent a year at The David and Lucile Packard Foundation in the San Francisco Bay Area working on efforts to expand access to early childhood education programs. From California, Erika moved to Washington, D.C. where she worked for five years as a senior education policy analyst at the National Council of La Raza, the nation’s largest Latino civil rights organization. Upon returning to Texas in 2012, Erika helped create, launch, and grow the Ed-Policy Fellows program at Teaching Trust, a Dallas-based nonprofit dedicated to developing the leadership skills of teachers and principals.
Most recently, Erika was the regional director for Dallas-Fort Worth and San Antonio at Leadership for Educational Equity where she helped Teach For America corps members and alumni become more civically and politically engaged in their communities through work in policy, advocacy and organizing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College and a master's degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas - Austin.
Erika belongs on the Texas State Board of Education because she believes that every child and family in District 13 should have the opportunity to succeed. She is passionate about education and about ensuring that Texas children have access to rigorous instruction, great teachers and leaders, and excellent schools.
As a member of the State Board of Education, Erika represents parts of both Dallas and Tarrant counties.