Eric Lerum


  • Civil rights
  • Common Core
  • District reform
  • Education reform
  • ESEA
  • RTTT
  • School reform
  • School choice
  • State policy
  • Teacher quality
  • Urban education

Eric Lerum works on strategic planning, management consulting, partnership development, and policy analysis related to public education issues. He has advised policymakers and state and organizational leaders for over a decade. Most recently he led the policy efforts at StudentsFirst as the vice president of national policy, building a team of policy and legislative analysts with expertise across a broad agenda, including teacher quality, school choice, and governance reform. Before StudentsFirst, Lerum served as chief of staff to the deputy mayor for education for Washington, D.C., where he played a lead role in school reform efforts, including the mayoral takeover of the school system and D.C.’s successful Race to the Top application. He has also held positions as the legislative counsel to the D.C. Council’s education committee and as a policy analyst for the D.C. Board of Education. Lerum is a 2003 graduate of the Washington College of Law at American University, where he developed his interests in public education and youth justice while teaching constitutional literacy to high school students.