Equity Begins With Firsts, Frustrations, and Faith OR The Fs of Equity: Firsts, Frustrations, Faith
Erica Maxwell, Founder, AHA Alliance
As the former first associate superintendent of equity, diversity, and inclusion at the Arizona Department of Education, and now a consultant and founder of AHA Alliance, LLC, Erica Maxwell represents more than 25 years of experience as a certified educator. In 2022, she published her first children's book, "Beauty With A Birthmark". Over her career, Maxwell served as a school administrator, an adjunct faculty member at Chandler-Gilbert Community College, and as a faculty associate at Arizona State University. She is a co-founder of the annual Arizona Multicultural Education Conference, and she facilitated a series of community book discussions for Arizona State University’s Center for the Study of Race and Democracy. Her expertise and experiences have been highlighted in presentations throughout the state.
Maxwell currently serves on the Arizona Juvenile Justice Commission, Children’s Action Alliance, Children’s Museum of Phoenix, and the Human Relations Commission for the City of Chandler. She has served on the Board of Trustees for Childsplay and was the school administrator representative for Southeast Maricopa County’s First Things First Regional Council.
Recognized for her community involvement and excellence in education, Maxwell was a 2020 Diversity Leadership Alliance Diversity and Inclusion Nominee. She received the 2016 Outstanding Adjunct Award from Chandler-Gilbert Community College, and the 2015 East Valley NAACP Education Advocacy Award.
In her free time, Erica enjoys watching movies, reading, traveling, hiking, and exploring the amazing beauty unique to Arizona. She cherishes time with her children, friends, and relatives. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, she has two children and resides in Chandler.