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Del Mar Union School District

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Trustee Halpern

Erica Halpern
Term: 2015 - 2016, 2016 - 2020, 2020 - 2024
Erica and her husband Mike have lived in Del Mar since 2011. They chose Del Mar as their home largely because of the exceptional public schools. Two of their children attend Del Mar Heights School, and the oldest attended the school for seven years and is now in the San Dieguito Union High School District.
Erica attended public schools in Raleigh, North Carolina. She earned her BA from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a double major in Journalism and Political Science. She received her MBA in Real Estate Finance from Columbia Business School.
Erica’s background is in finance, management and public affairs. She is the Director of Programs and Partner Engagement at San Diego Social Venture Partners.  Erica previously worked as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs in New York and was promoted into the management group, where she was involved with business selection, staffing and internal management. Prior to business school, she helped establish the Presidio Trust in San Francisco and worked for Partners in School Innovation through the AmeriCorps national service program.
Community Service:
Erica serves on the Board of Directors of the National Charity League (San Dieguito) as Vice President of Philanthropy and on the Earl Warren Site Council.  She was PTA President at Del Mar Heights School for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years and remains a regular classroom volunteer.
Board Responsibilities:
Erica was appointed on March 4, 2016 to serve the remainder of the term through November 2016. She was re-elected to serve a four-year term from December 2016 - December 2020 and again from December 2020 - December 2024. She is currently serving as Governing Board President, and as a representative on the Del Mar Schools Education Foundation (DMSEF), alternating with other members.