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Erica Simon

Deputy Director, Strategy, Higher Education / Workforce
Contact Information
Favorite quote
"To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart."
— Eleanor Roosevelt
Favorite Aspect of CFT
"I love building relationships with the CCTX network and supporting their efforts toward engaging employer partners to build robust apprenticeships that support the Texas economy."
Joined CFT

As the deputy director of strategy and higher education at Educate Texas, Erica co-leads Career Connect Texas (formerly WE CAN TX). Career Connect Texas (CCTX) is a peer-learning network that brings together leaders from across the state to build education-to-workforce pathways, beginning with dual enrollment and leading to certificates, degrees and credentials that position Texans to secure family-sustaining wage jobs.

Prior to joining CFT, Erica spent nearly a decade as assistant director of research in mathematics education in Southern Methodist University’s School of Education.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in art history and Spanish from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Texas, Arlington.

Erica’s Favorites
Women’s rights
Local Restaurant
Cafe Madrid
Place to take out-of-towners
Bishop Arts District
Spending time with her children and traveling with them to new places

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