Erika Alvarez Werner
Erika’s professional career has been focused on public service and public policy in urban education. Before joining BPE, she was a Project Manager in the Office of District and School Turnaround at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, where she worked on supporting the turnaround efforts of the state’s most underperforming schools. Her interest in service and education began with her first job, when she spent two years working as a Citizen Schools Teaching Fellow through City Year Boston. This work inspired her to pursue a master's in Public Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. She has served as Chief of Staff to the Committee on Education in the Massachusetts House of Representatives; a legislative consultant to the Early Education for All campaign; and Readiness Project Coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. She has also served as Director of State Relations and Latino Initiatives at Project Bread - The Walk for Hunger, where she oversaw an initiative to increase participation in federal nutrition programs among food-insecure Latinos in Massachusetts.