Erica Wheelan Heyse currently serves as the National Director of The Congressional Award Foundation, a program established by the U.S. Congress to recognize initiative, achievement, and service in young people.
Erica has worked on Capitol Hill for nearly 20 years, first joining The Congressional Award staff in 2000 as the Eastern Program Manager, and then becoming National Director in 2004.
Erica received her Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a major in Labor and Industrial Relations.
She served as a member of the North Carolina Student Legislature (NCSL), a non-profit organization that offers students the opportunity to participate in a model General Assembly. As a member of the NCSL House of Representatives, Erica co-authored two bills in that were presented to North Carolina state leaders as part of an annual compendium. Erica also served as Charter President of the Lake Norman Chapter of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, an extensive grassroots network of volunteers that are dedicated to enhancing the lives of others.
Most recently, Erica served as a member of the Community College Advisory Board of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, a national honors organization that recognizes and elevates high achievers.
A former Girl Scout, Erica currently volunteers as a troop leader under the Girl Scouts of Nation’s Capital Council in Alexandria, Virginia.