Erika Hunt
Project Director


  • Community involvement
  • Early childhood and preschool
  • Early learning
  • Education reform
  • Leadership
  • Parent involvement
  • Preschool
  • Principals
  • Public opinion and advocacy
  • State policy

Erika Hunt is a senior policy analyst and researcher in the Center for the Study of Education Policy at Illinois State University. She gained experience in state policy as a staff member for former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar and currently serves on several state task forces, including the Illinois P-20 Council and co-chairs the P-20 Council Committee on Teacher and Leadership Effectiveness, which has worked on initiatives around building a diverse educator pipeline, teacher and principal preparation accountability measures, and teacher leadership. Hunt currently directs a $4.6 million U.S. Department of Education School Leadership Grant. She also directed a $6 million Wallace Foundation statewide school leadership grant that resulted in key state policy changes, including the redesign of all principal preparation programs under new program requirements. This work was recognized by the Education Commission of the States as the recipient of the 2014 Frank Newman Award for State Innovation. In addition to this work, Hunt is a small business owner of an early childhood center, which has grounded her policy and research with practical application.