Erica Cuevas is a senior policy manager for JFF's federal policy and advocacy team. Erica provides policy analysis, analytical research, project management support, and external engagement to advance JFF’s education and workforce policy priorities.
Prior to joining JFF, she was a policy advisor in the Office of the Under Secretary at the US Department of Education. In that role, she analyzed and advised on higher education programs and policies focused on improving postsecondary access and increasing affordability. She also managed a cross-division working group focused on improving the student borrower experience.
Before joining the US Department of Education, Erica was a policy intern with the Department’s White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Ms. Cuevas played a lead role coordinating the Initiative’s Federal Interagency Working Group (Working Group) on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, one of the Initiative’s key priorities. The Working Group consists of senior officials from the White House and Federal Agencies who work together to address different aspects of the educational system or challenges facing Hispanics. Erica was the lead contact for the Working Group to provide and amplify federal resources and opportunities (i.e., internships, grants, scholarships) to the Initiative’s stakeholders.
Erica’s past research and academic work has focused on college access and persistence, college and career readiness, student debt, higher education reform/innovation, and educational policy development as it affects underrepresented students.
Erica has a master’s degree in public affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas–Austin. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Sonoma State University.