Erica Whisney is an educator and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. As a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, she conducts behavioral therapy and creates individualized treatment plans for clients with Autism.
Growing up on a farm in Minnesota, a strong work ethic and belief in community service was instilled in her. Her father was a grain farmer and her mother worked at the public school as the director of an Early Childhood Family Education program. As a Minnesota State 4-H Ambassador, Erica collaborated with peers to encourage youth to be involved in their communities and develop their leadership skills.
Erica holds a Bachelor of Science degree is Child Psychology and Youth Studies from the University of Minnesota. She began her career with Teach for America teaching an inclusion classroom in the Bronx, NY. Simultaneously, she earned a Master of Education degree in early childhood general and special education at Bank Street College of Education. Erica taught for 4 years, leading 90% of her students to make 2 years of academic progress within 1 year. Empowering parents of students with special needs to advocate for their children within a complicated bureaucratic system was also a focus of her work. Erica taught 2nd grade, kindergarten, and a self-contained classroom of kindergarten and first grade students with Autism. Her Post-Masters Certificate is in Applied Behavior Analysis from City University of New York, Queens College.
Erica is involved in our community. She runs with the Healdsburg Running Company and volunteers as an adult leader with the Lytton Spring 4-H Club. She is a member of Healdsburg’s PEO Chapter, which focuses on philanthropy for women’s education. Erica is a member of the Healdsburg Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs (HYPE) club. In March of 2016, Erica was appointed by the City Council to the Community Housing Committee.
Erica’s history of leadership and tenacity in solving difficult problems will be an asset to the City Council. Erica is committed to uniting Healdsburg by making the public process more accessible and relevant to everyday people.