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 School Initiatives, which oversees agenda items related to 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
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.