Erika Halstead is the Executive Director at Minds Matter NYC. She has been involved with the organization since 2009, first as a Writing & Critical Thinking adviser and then as a member of the Board of Directors (serving as Vice Chair from 2013 to 2015), becoming Executive Director in 2015. Erika has spent her entire career in education, as a bilingual teacher, university lecturer, and most recently as the Senior Program Officer at Humanities New York where she directed education and community engagement programs. She comes to Minds Matter with a wealth of experience in program development and evaluation, and a deep knowledge of programming for underserved youth. She holds a BA from the University of Texas at Austin and a EdM from Teachers College, Columbia University. In 2018, she was named a 40 Under 40 Rising Star by the Hispanic Coalition of New York.