Erica Vladimer is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice. She is an attorney who has spent more than a decade in public service and education advocacy. She began her career as an education analyst and counsel for the New York State Senate, researching, drafting, and zealously advocating student-centered policies for school districts and higher education institutions. She also worked as an education analyst for the New York City Independent Budget Office, critically evaluating the City’s use of state and federal funding to provide mandated education services, and holding the Department of Education accountable to parents, teachers, and students. Most recently, Erica ran for United States Congress, advocating for the U.S. Department of Education to play a stronger role in protecting students’ civil liberties and championing a progressive vision for colleges and universities to better support their students. Erica is a co-founder of New York’s Sexual Harassment Working Group, a group of survivors who successfully fought for stronger workplace protections against harassment and discrimination for all New Yorkers. She currently sits on the executive board of her local political club, and leads advocacy initiatives with the New York Budget Justice Coalition. Erica has an undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of Connecticut and a law degree from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center.
Erica’s hope: that policymakers will fight to create a more compassionate, inclusive, forward-thinking society by listening, learning, and centering those with the lived experiences.