Vice President for State Fiscal Policy
Erica Williams is Vice President for State Fiscal Policy at CBPP. In this role, she takes part in leading the organization and its 40-person State Fiscal Policy division and supports the development and progress of the State Priorities Partnership, a network of over 40 state-level fiscal and economic policy shops working to advance racial, gender, and economic justice. Williams brings a deep commitment to building state-level infrastructure and policy efforts that break down structural barriers to opportunity and enable all communities —Black, brown, and white, Indigenous and immigrant, and of any gender or sexual orientation — to thrive.
Williams oversees several of the division’s equity-focused policy initiatives, including on state EITCs, poverty reduction, and immigration. She also spearheaded the division’s State Policy Equity Initiative in order to deepen the racial, gender, and economic equity efforts of the state team and the Partnership as a whole. In addition to policy-related efforts, Williams oversees teams attending to the effectiveness and sustainability of the Partnership and its member organizations through convenings, trainings, peer learning, and philanthropic stewardship.
Prior to joining the Center in 2009, Williams worked as a Study Director at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, where she researched a variety of issues of concern to women, including equal pay, job training and education, early care and education, Social Security, and civic engagement.
Williams holds a B.A. in sociology and Spanish studies from Santa Clara University and an M.A. in international policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.