Ericka MillerPartner, Isaacson, Miller
Ericka is a partner in the national executive search firm Isaacson, Miller. She leads the firm’s preK-12 education and education improvement practice, and she serves on the firm’s executive committee. With expertise in preK-16 education and education policy, Ericka previously served as Vice President for Operations and Strategic Leadership at The Education Trust, leading the day- to-day management of the national education research and advocacy organization. President Barack Obama nominated Ericka to be the Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education in the U.S. Department of Education in 2013. During the extended confirmation process, Ericka served as Senior Advisor to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in the Department of Education.
Earlier in her career, Ericka served as President and Chief Operating Officer of the McKenzie Group (now part of American Institutes for Research), a comprehensive education consulting firm. From 1997 through 2000, she served as legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey, advising the senator on elementary, secondary, and postsecondary education policy issues. Before her time on the Hill, Ericka was an assistant professor of English literature at Mills College in Oakland, California. Prior to launching her career in education, she was an editor at Washingtonian magazine.
Ericka earned her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and her master’s degree and PhD from Stanford University.