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Erika McConduit-Diggs, Esq., currently serves as the president and chief executive officer of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans, whose mission is to Empower Communities and Change Lives. Erika is heavily engaged in the city and state's education reform, as a representative of the community engagement arm of the movement. In this capacity, she has served on numerous committees including Mayor Landrieu's Education Task Force, Louisiana State Superintendent of Education John White's Student Task Force as co-chair, and the Recovery School District's Charter Application Task Force. Additionally, she serves as co-chair of the National Urban League's Education Task Force. Erika has served as an adjunct faculty member of Dillard University where she taught courses in Public Health Law and Media Law. She has also taught at Monroe College in New York, instructing courses such as Criminal Law, Introduction to the American Legal System and Current Issues in Criminal Justice. Prior to joining the Urban League, Erika was the chief operating officer of the YWCA of White Plains and Central Westchester, New York. Due to her unyielding commitment to racial equity, she was selected as the delegate for the northeast region of YWCAs at the World Council meeting in Kenya, Africa and has served as a National Urban League delegate on a friendship mission to China. Her current and past service extends to serving on the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute?s Board of Directors, the KID smART Board of Directors, the New Orleans Kids Partnership as the former Vice Chair, African American Women of Purpose and Power as Vice Chair of Programs, Orleans Public Education Network's Board of Directors, the New Orleans Crime Coalition, the Opportunity Youth Coalition, and United Way's Women's Leadership Council. Erika is also a member of the Crescent City Chapter of Links, Inc., the New Orleans Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, and serves on the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts Institute Board. Erika is the graduate of the National Urban League's Emerging Leader Institute, New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute, Bryan Bell Metropolitan Leadership Forum, and the Norman C. Francis Leadership Institute. She is a New Orleans native and a Louisiana licensed attorney and holds a valuable private sector background through her work with Frilot, Partridge, Kohnke & Clements, L.C. law firm, MTV Networks, Nickelodeon and VH1. Erika graduated summa cum laude from Howard University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, and cum laude from Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is married and has three children. She is a Fellow of the 14th class of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.