February 12, 2019
HACU appoints new assistant vice president for state advocacy at the Western Regional Office
Erica M. Romero, has been appointed assistant vice president for state advocacy at the Western Regional Office of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, effective February 19, 2019.
Romero previously served as vice president of external relations at the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities. She is the former executive director of HACU’s Western Regional Office in Sacramento, California.
“We are pleased to welcome Erica Romero back to HACU,” said HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores. “Erica was the founding executive director of our Western Regional Office and headed the office for more than 10 years, up until January 2016. Many of our members know Erica and of her passion and commitment to HACU’s mission.”
In this role, Romero will advocate for policies which benefit Hispanic-Serving Institutions and Hispanic students in the states of Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. These policies include adequate funding for higher education, state financial aid, and programs to ensure access and success for Latino students. Romero will work in coordination with HACU’s Government Relations Office to promote similar federal policies and advocacy efforts in states with an emerging Hispanic population.
Romero is a California native who has worked extensively with the California state legislature and at the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans. She holds a Master’s in Public Policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from University of California, Berkeley.
HACU, founded in 1986, represents more than 500 colleges and universities in the United States, Latin America, Spain and school districts throughout the U.S. The mission of HACU is to Champion Hispanic Success in Higher Education. HACU is the only national association representing existing and emerging Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). The Association’s headquarters are located in San Antonio, Texas, with regional offices in Washington D.C., and Sacramento, California. Information is available at www.hacu.net.