Associate Superintendent of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Arizona Department of Education
Erica Maxwell serves as the Arizona Department of Education’s first-ever Associate Superintendent of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Ms. Maxwell has over 25 years of experience as a certified educator. Her experience includes roles as an administrator in the Chandler Unified School District, instructional coach at Skyline Gila River – a non-profit charter school serving the Gila River Indian Community, an adjunct faculty member at Chandler-Gilbert Community College, and faculty associate at Arizona State University. Additionally, she served as a member of the Opportunities for Youth Educational Momentum Action team, supporting at-risk and disconnected youth.
In addition to her work experience, Maxwell co-founded the Arizona Multicultural Education Conference in 2011. In 2013, she founded a free summer reading club for Chandler students. Club READ (Reading Experiences Appreciating Diversity), facilitated opportunities for youth to identify, read and describe multicultural literature that increased cultural awareness and sensitivity through various activities including, but not limited to; literature circles, spoken word, dramatizations, and attendance at cultural events. She also received the 2015 East Valley NAACP Education Advocacy Award.
Originally from Ohio, Maxwell received her B.S. in Elementary Education and her M.Ed. in Educational Administration from Kent State University.