About Erica Swinney Stein

Erica Swinney Stein is the Associate Director for the Center for Polytechnical Education and serves as the coordinator for career and community programs at Austin Polytechnical Academy, a new innovative high school on Chicago’s Westside described by President Obama as a model in career education. Before joining CPE’s staff she worked as a bi-lingual community organizer, grassroots leadership trainer, and program manager for environmental justice organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area and California’s San Joaquin Valley for over 5 years. Prior to that, she completed her MA in Ecology at SFSU and worked on habitat restoration projects around the SF Bay Area. Erica served 2 years in Peace Corps Paraguay and 18 months in Americorps after completing her BA in Biology at the University of California at Berkeley. Erica is a product of Chicago’s Public Schools and was raised in the Humboldt Park and Logan Square neighborhoods.