Erica Adams assumed the role of Executive Director (ED) of Galveston Sustainable Communities Alliance (GSCA) in December 2013. As ED of GSCA, Erica connects great education programs already underway, brings together the entire community around a shared vision of what success for students looks like, and identifies new programs or solutions that can move us closer to that vision. For example, we know from research and experience that early childhood education is crucial to a student’s success later in school (and in life).
Prior to her appointment as ED, Erica served as the Director of Policy for New Leaders (formerly New Leaders for New Schools)—a national non-profit whose mission is to ensure high academic achievement for all children, especially students in poverty and students of color, by developing transformational school leaders and advancing the policies and practices that allow great leaders to succeed. In her role as Director, Erica worked with state and federal policymakers to develop and implement effective policies that affect principals. She is author of Re-imagining State Policy: A Guide to Building Systems that Support Effective Principals and co-author of Playmakers: How Great Principals Build and Lead Great Teams of Teachers. Also during her tenure at New Leaders, Erica served as a Grant Manager responsible for an annual fundraising portfolio of $14M that included public and private grants.
Before joining New Leaders, Erica worked with African-American communities in Texas as a staffer for the Texas State Conference of NAACP Branches.
Erica earned a bachelor of arts in political science from Southern Methodist University and a master’s degree in politics from New York University, where she was the Founding President of the Master’s College Program Board.