President & Leadership
Since our founding in 1966, Erikson Institute has been led by visionary leaders who have stewarded our mission of building a future where all children have equitable opportunities to realize their potential.
We are pleased to announce Mariana Souto-Manning, PhD as president of Erikson Institute starting September 1, 2021. Dr. Souto-Manning is a visionary leader with a deep passion for early childhood and child development, and she has extensive experience in higher education administration, exceptional leadership skills, and a deep commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.
Dr. Souto-Manning is currently Professor of Early Childhood Education and Teacher Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She serves as the Director of Early Childhood Education and the Director of Early Childhood Special Education Programs, and she formerly served as the Director of the Doctoral Program in Curriculum and Teaching. She is Vice President-elect for the American Educational Research Association Division K (Teaching and Teacher Education). She also holds academic appointments abroad at the University of Iceland and King’s College London. Prior to her career in higher education, Souto-Manning was a teacher in public preschools in Brazil and the United States.
Erikson is particularly excited about Dr. Souto-Manning’s research work to better understand the inequities and injustices in early childhood teaching and teacher education. We believe she will build on Erikson’s legacy of a deep commitment to social justice and equity, and that she will play an instrumental role in leading the important work toward equitable and inclusive education and childcare systems for all children.
Read more from our press release announcing our new president here.
Dr. Mariana Souto-Manning, Erikson Institute’s 5th President
Beginning in 1966, Erikson Institute has had seven leaders. In 1985, our leadership expanded to a President’s Office. Our leaders have been pioneers in the field of early childhood driving change in education, systems, and services directly impacting the lives of young children, families and communities.