Erica Yamamura

Erica Yamamura

Independent Higher Education Consultant

Dr. Erica K. Yamamura, Ph.D. is an independent higher education consultant. For thirteen years, she served as on the faculty at selective institutions in higher education to train and develop educational leaders in school districts, colleges, educational non-profit organizations (e.g. college access), and in the tech industry.

Most recently she served as Program Director and Associate Professor in the Student Development Administration Program at Seattle University.  Prior to this, she was a faculty member at Texas State University and Carleton College. Before entering the professoriate, Dr. Yamamura worked in student affairs and academic affairs at UCLA, and in K-12 education in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Dr. Yamamura received her BA in Political Science and Asian American Studies, and MA and Ph.D. in Higher Education and Organizational Change all from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the daughter of working-class immigrants and the first in her family to attend college.

Her research agenda centers on the intersection of diversity and inclusion and community engagement in P-20 education. For the last nine years, she has collaborated with the Seattle University Youth Initiative, including writing a white paper and engaging in project-based learning. She has co-authored a book with Kent Koth entitled “Place-Based Community Engagement in Higher Education: A Strategy to Transform Universities and Communities.”

Serving the community is an important part of her work. She recently completed a three-year term on the Western Regional College Board, advocating for access and inclusion with Advanced Placement exams, SATs, and other educational assessments. Recently, she was the NASPA Faculty Council Representative for Region V, and she has served on the faculty for the Dungy Leadership Institute. She also has served on the South Seattle College AANAPISI advisory board and was an academic mentor with the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.