Erin Browder provides technical assistance and project design for K–12 initiatives relating to trauma-informed topics, school improvement, systems change, leadership development, social–emotional learning, and culturally responsive and equity-centered approaches that foster safe and supportive schools. She serves as a leader on WestEd’s Talent Development and Diversity team and provides technical assistance for the national Center to Improve Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety and for federally funded comprehensive centers (Region 2 and Region 15) and regional educational laboratories (REL West and REL-NEI).
From working as an elementary classroom teacher in East Harlem to facilitating school transformation in a comprehensive Los Angeles high school, Browder brings a diverse skill set of working with schools, districts, and state systems. Her work creates positive changes through capacity building, systems change, and implementing improvement methods that center and uplift students, families, communities, and the professionals who serve them. She has demonstrated success as a nonprofit leader creating funding and partnership opportunities among education agencies, healthcare systems, community organizations, and nonprofits.
Browder was part of the team that received a WestEd Strategic Investment grant to build training and technology that supports equity-focused coaching services. The coaching approaches will incorporate culturally responsive, evidence-based adult learning practices; foundational training for coaches across WestEd; and an online coaching log to support reflection and accountability.
Browder received her Doctorate of Education from Johns Hopkins University, studying principal burnout. She holds a master’s degree in Education Administration (California State University, Dominguez Hills) and a master’s degree in K–6 Special and General Education (City University of New York, Hunter College).