Erica Wheelan Heyse


National Director


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Since joining the organization in 2000, Erica has focused her efforts on expanding the Congressional Award program to all young people, identifying barriers to economic opportunity and developing solutions that will empower youth to achieve better life outcomes. A New Jersey native, 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 has a Certificate in Organizational Inclusion and Diversity from Michigan State University, and a Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility from Loyola University Chicago.  A former Girl Scout, Erica currently volunteers as a troop leader under the Girl Scouts of Nation’s Capital Council in Alexandria, Virginia.  She resides in Virginia with her daughter, Mia.

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Special Programming Initiatives in STEM Education, Communications and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

Why I Joined the Congressional Award

This program provides a special opportunity for us to empower young people, with a recognition component that ensures our youth are seen and heard.  We all have a unique journey, and the path we take leads to self-discovery and the ability to make a difference.  What I love most about the program is it encourages us to always be a beginner at something.  I carry that with me throughout life, always open to try new things.  

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Currently pursuing a Masters degree in Corporate Communications and Public Relations at Georgetown University.  Weekends are for exploring the Shenandoah Valley.

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