Director, Policy and Programs
Erica Kashiri is director of policy and programs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s (USCCF) Center for Education and Workforce. Kashiri leads USCCF’s higher education programs to ensure that businesses have the talent necessary to strengthen America’s long-term competitiveness.
Before joining the Chamber, Kashiri was director of policy and corporate innovation at the Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF), a nonprofit organization of Fortune 500 CEOs, college and university presidents, and other stakeholders joining together to advance education and workforce solutions. Kashiri was responsible for facilitating business engagement with higher education through developing and implementing regional projects.
This work included supporting degree attainment under BHEF’s College Readiness, Access and Success Initiative, as well as managing partnerships to meet emerging talent needs in data science, cybersecurity, and risk management for the financial services industry in New York City.
Kashiri has performed a number of consulting projects for K–12 and higher education clients, including a faculty labor market analysis for the University of California Office of the President. She also has experience in the California State Legislature, with a particular focus on education and workforce development.
Originally from Georgia, Kashiri holds a bachelor’s degree in public policy and law from the University of Virginia, a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of California-Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy, and a Master of Business Administration degree from The George Washington University School of Business, where she also received a certificate in business analytics.