SBOE Member District 13

 District 13Erika Beltran (D)
P.O. Box 17196
Fort Worth, TX 76102
(650) 269-8544

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 serve on the Committee School Initiatives, which oversees agenda items dealing with charter schools, State Board for Educator Certification rules, and the appointment of school board members for districts located on military bases. 

Beltran, who lives in Fort Worth, is a first-generation college graduate, a teacher and education policy leader. The daughter of Mexican immigrants, Beltran was raised in SBOE District 13, graduating from North Side High School in the Fort Worth Independent School District. 

Upon graduating from Williams College with a bachelor's degree in political science, Beltran taught bilingual kindergarten and fourth grade. A desire to have an impact beyond her own classroom caused Beltran to enroll in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.  She received a Masters of Public Affairs from the school in 2006.

Beltran then spent one year in the San Francisco Bay Area working for a large private family foundation and worked on efforts to help close school readiness gaps. She then moved to Washington, D.C. where she spent five years working for a national civil rights organization tracking federal education policy and advocating for the needs of low-income children and families.

Beltran worked as the regional director for Leadership for Educational Equity, a national nonprofit that develops the leadership skills of Teach for America Corps members and alumni in the Dallas-Fort Worth and San Antonio areas. She is now the Tarrant County program director for Leadership ISD, an organization committed to cultivating and growing a base of informed community leaders who are inspired and prepared to take action to improve public schools across North Texas.  

Beltran is a member of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials and is a board member of Leadership ISD.

As a member of the State Board of Education, Beltran represents parts of Dallas and Tarrant counties.