Board Term: Jan. 1, 2015 - Jan. 1, 2019
Erika Beltran, a Democrat, was elected to the State
Board of Education (SBOE) in November 2014 and will serve a four-year term of
office. She is a member of the board's Committee on Instruction, which oversees agenda items related to curriculum and graduation requirements, innovative courses and adult education.
Beltran previously served on the Committee School Initiatives, which oversees agenda items dealing with State Board for Educator Certification rules and the appointment of school board members for districts located on military bases.
She currently works as the Tarrant County regional director for Leadership ISD, an organization committed to advancing educational excellence and equity by informing and connecting leaders to shape policy, lead strategically, and champion change in Fort Worth.
A native Fort Worthian, Beltran has worked in education for more than a decade on issues ranging from early childhood education to assessments and accountability. She is a first-generation college graduate and started her career as a Teach for America corps member in Houston, where she taught bilingual elementary school for three years. After teaching, Beltran worked as a fellow at The David and Lucille Packard Foundation in the San Francisco Bay Area and spent five years in Washington, D.C. where she worked as a senior education policy analyst at the National Council of La Raza, the nation's largest Latino civil rights organization.
Since returning to Texas in 2012, Beltran has worked for several non-profit organizations, focusing on policy, advocacy, and community organizing for educational equity.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.
Beltran is a member of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials and currently serves as a board member for the North Texas Community Foundation, Child Care Associates, and the New Leaders Council DFW.
As a member of the State Board of Education, Beltran
represents parts of Dallas and Tarrant counties.