As the first Associate Superintendent of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at the Arizona Department of Education, Ms. Erica Maxwell has more than 25 years as a certified educator. In her education tenure, Maxwell has served as a school administrator, adjunct faculty member at Chandler-Gilbert Community College and as a faculty associate at Arizona State University. Maxwell is also the co-founder of the annual Arizona Multicultural Education Conference. In addition to her educational equity consulting work, she facilitated a series of community book discussions for Arizona State University’s Center for the Study of Race and Democracy. Her expertise and experiences have been highlighted in presentations throughout the state. Maxwell currently serves as a Board Member for Children’s Action Alliance. She has served on the Board of Trustees for Childsplay and was the School Administrator Representative for Southeast Maricopa County’s First Things First Regional Council. Recognized for her community involvement and excellence in education, Maxwell received the 2016 Outstanding Adjunct Award from Chandler-Gilbert Community College and the 2015 East Valley NAACP Education Advocacy Award. In her free time, Erica enjoys going to the movies, reading, travelling, hiking and exploring the amazing beauty unique to Arizona. She cherishes time with her children, friends and relatives. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, she resides in Chandler with her two teenage children.