Erica Nicole (Griffin) Richardson

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Senior Associate

Erica Nicole brings eight years of progressive experience in nonprofit project management, policy analysis, and community education to her role as Senior Associate. Prior to her work at NPAG, Erica Nicole served as a research associate at the Southern Education Foundation, a nonprofit committed to research and advocacy on behalf of students in the thirteen southern states. As a research associate, Erica Nicole collaborated on policy analysis, regional and national convenings, and philanthropic partnerships. Erica Nicole also contributed qualitative data collection and analysis for SEF’s 2015 study: Just Learning, an in-depth investigation of the schooling conditions in the South’s juvenile justice centers.

In addition to her work at SEF, Erica Nicole supported private and public agencies as they enhanced their impact on the schooling experiences of Black and poor students in America’s urban schools. In 2014 she contributed two chapters to the book: 50 Myths and Lies that Threaten America’s Public Schools.  She has also designed community-based educational programs for parents in Phoenix, Arizona; adult inmates in Atlanta’s Fulton County Jail; and for homeless and trafficked youth at Covenant House Georgia.

Erica Nicole has a deep passion for racial and gender equity and workforce development; which inform each of her professional and volunteer commitments. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta, the largest public service sorority with over 250,000 members worldwide, and has served on advisory councils for The Kroc Center in South Phoenix and United Way of Metro Atlanta.

Erica Nicole holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Arizona State University. Her specialties include qualitative research, race and gender equity, urban education policy, and hyper/ghettoization. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Communication from The American University in Washington, DC.

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