Erica Jordan-Thomas

Erica Jordan-Thomas

Doctoral Resident, Harvard Education Fellow, Education and Society Program

Erica is currently a doctoral candidate in education leadership at Harvard Graduate School of Education and completing her doctoral residency on the Education and Society Program team.

A product of public schools, it was the equity leadership of her teachers that inspired her to follow in their footsteps. Erica’s career in education began as a Teach For America corps member in Charlotte, North Carolina. Erica went on to join the 11th cohort of New Leaders, a principal preparation program focused on developing transformative school leaders. She went on to serve as an assistant principal and middle school principal. Under leadership as principal, she implemented equitable practices such as restorative practices, school-wide implementation of the International Baccalaureate program, and an extended day high school credit program that increased high school credit options. Consequently, her school grew to be ranked #2 out of 43 middle schools in the district for their growth in English language arts and #3 in the district for their growth in science. 

Erica is a native of Columbus, Ohio and a proud alumna of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s in Textiles and Clothing. She holds a Master’s degree in Instructional Leadership from Relay Graduate School of Education.