Senior Advisor Erica Lepping has 18 years of experience providing strategic political communications support and media expertise to national foundations, federal government agencies, school districts, state departments of education, charter management organizations, advocacy organizations, researchers and nonprofits.
Most recently, she served as senior communications director and primary spokesperson for The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, managing external communications around $500 million of investments in education reform organizations working nationwide to strengthen public schools by creating environments in which good teachers can do great work and students of all backgrounds can thrive.
During the Clinton Administration, Erica worked in The White House as assistant to the press secretary, and then as press secretary for the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley, advancing the administration's platform to improve public schools.
Through these and other roles, she has represented hundreds of organizations, providing counsel and support to conduct: strategic communications planning, organizational strategy, media, public relations, research-based messaging, public speaking, crisis response, speeches, websites, collateral, social media, marketing, and visual media. She has secured media coverage of education reform in numerous outlets, including NBC Nightly News, CNN, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times; written many published commentaries, including Huffington Post, Education Week, La Opinion, Long Beach Press Telegram and Oakland Tribune; and developed tools to enable organizations to directly tell their own stories.
A former attorney and educator as well as communications specialist, Lepping previously practiced education law and monitored progress under San Francisco’s desegregation consent decree. She began her career teaching character education to high school students in Maryland. Lepping has a bachelor's degree in political science and environmental studies from American University and a juris doctorate from UCLA's School of Law.