Linda Ponce de León comes to Erikson Institute with more than 20 years of leadership experience in early childhood, school change, and innovation for young learners, teachers, and administrators. She brings to Erikson a wealth of experience in school settings and systems in Chicago, the Midwest, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

She became the director of Erikson’s New Schools Project in 2015.

Throughout her career, she has worked to support a future in which a child’s success in school is not predetermined by any social or cultural factor.


Ed.M. in human development and psychology, Harvard University
B.A. in psychology, Williams College

Related experience

  • Regional Director, Midwest, Partners in School Innovation, Chicago, IL
  • Director, Elementary School Leadership Development, KIPP Foundation, San Francisco, CA
  • Founding Principal, Erie Elementary Charter School, Chicago, IL
  • School Coach, Bay Area Coalition For Equitable Schools, Oakland, CA
  • Bilingual Teacher, Ruben Salazar Bilingual Education Center, Chicago, IL
  • Bilingual Teacher, Compton Avenue Elementary, Los Angeles, CA


Hispanic Educator of the Year, Citibank Spirit Award, 2006
Teacher of the Year Nominee, Chicago Public Schools, 1996