WASHINGTON (September 10, 2020) – The Data Quality Campaign (DQC) is pleased to announce that Erika McConduit, vice president of diversity and inclusion at Centene Corporation, and Sara Schapiro, vice president of education at PBS, will serve as the newest members of DQC’s Board of Directors.
“Erika and Sara are exceptional leaders who bring important perspectives and experiences to the DQC Board,” said Tomeka Hart, chair of DQC’s Board of Directors. “Their diverse perspectives and ideas will be essential as DQC continues to help leaders and those closest to students make data work for students during the pandemic and through recovery.”
DQC welcomes McConduit and Schapiro to the Board as they serve a three-year term:
Erika McConduit, Esq. is the vice president of diversity and inclusion at Centene Corporation. Her specific areas of expertise include policy, government affairs, diversity and inclusion, strategic planning, education, economic and business development, communications, organizational strategies and continuous process improvement. In her role, Erika develops diversity and inclusion strategies within target markets around the country, enhances talent and policy development, activates the supplier diversity strategy, and enhances engagement with external partners.
Erika previously served as president and CEO of the Urban League of Louisiana, and Louisiana director for The Education Trust. Erika is an avid supporter of education reform, advocating for quality early learning through postsecondary education. In this capacity, she has served on numerous boards and committees including the Louisiana Community and Technical College System Board of Supervisors, Mayor Landrieu’s Education Task Force, Louisiana State Superintendent of Education John White’s Student Task Force, and the National Urban League’s Education Task Force. Additionally, Erika has served as an Adjunct Professor at Dillard University in Louisiana and Monroe College in New York. Erika holds a B.A. from Howard University and a Juris Doctorate from Loyola University School of Law. She is a New Orleans native, a Louisiana licensed attorney, and a mother of three children.
As vice president for education, Sara Schapiro leads PBS’s efforts to deepen partnerships across the education sector by engaging directly with educator communities and launching new initiatives that empower and support students, educators, caregivers, families, and member stations. With a focus on teachers, a large part of Sara’s efforts are focused on expanding PBS’s educational impact through content, community and professional development. This work includes such tools as PBS LearningMedia, a digital platform of free, classroom-ready resources from PBS stations and partners, and initiatives like: PBS KIDS Edcamps, which provide peer-led professional learning opportunities to early childhood educators; and PBS’s at-home learning offering, which includes free broadcast TV programs that support at-home learning for prekindergarten through 12th grade and digital resources that provide educators and families with learning options for new school routines during COVID-19.
Prior to PBS, Sara helped found Digital Promise, an independent, bipartisan nonprofit whose mission is to spur innovation and improve all Americans’ opportunity to learn. She launched and led Digital Promise’s flagship initiative, the League of Innovative Schools, a national coalition of public school districts that fosters collaboration among educators, entrepreneurs, researchers and thought partners.
Prior to Digital Promise, Sara worked for the New York City Department of Education, Chicago Public Schools, the New Jersey Department of Education, and Pearson on pioneering teaching and learning projects, educational technology initiatives, and teacher and student engagement efforts. She holds a B.A. from Duke University and a Master’s of Public Policy from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy Studies. Sara lives in Washington, DC with her husband, a middle school counselor, and her 10-month old son, who just learned to crawl and say “mama.”
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