Erica Walls

Erica Walls

Erica Walls

Visiting Faculty


Email: Erica Walls
801 22nd St. NW Washington DC 20052

Dr. Erica Walls is an educator, mentor, and certified career coach.  Her expertise in social impact, dedication to students’ success, and commitment to excellence empower others to thrive academically, personally, and professionally. 

Erica’s practical approach to education helps students to bridge classroom learning with meaningful opportunities to do good in the world.  Since 2018, she has taught over 500 students in the fields of Human Services & Social Justice (HSSJ) and Public Policy & Administration.  Her courses – Human Services, Social Justice, Poverty & Social Policy, Social Entrepreneurship, Program Evaluation, and Public Service – strengthen students’ knowledge of social issues, facilitate service-learning in diverse communities, and encourage students to pursue their passions. 

She currently serves as Interim Director of the HSSJ program.  In this role, Erica ensures that students are on track for graduation, encourages them to earn advanced degrees, and helps them to develop professionally. She also assists faculty to effectively teach and mentor, and promotes the HSSJ program to internal and external stakeholders.   

In addition to teaching, Erica owns and leads the career services firm, Inspire to Excel.  She coaches women to gain and retain gooood jobs by clarifying their professional vision, creating and executing a plan, building confidence, sharpening skills, and marketing themselves effectively. She also speaks and trains groups across the country to achieve professional goals.

Erica holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing, master’s degree in Nonprofit Management, and graduate certification in Social Entrepreneurship from Indiana University.  Most recently, she earned a PhD in Women’s Social Policy from The George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration. 

Throughout her extensive career in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, Erica has helped 50+ organizations to achieve purposeful goals in women’s empowerment, education, diversity, healthcare, humanitarian aid, and workforce development.  She volunteers as a career coach at Suited for Change, helping women who earn low-income to gain the skills to achieve financial independence; and advocates for education, fair pay, and favorable working conditions.

Social impact methods/strategies through entrepreneurship, community engagement, and women’s empowerment.

Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society

George Washington University Provost’s Graduate Fellowship, 2014-2019

Pi Alpha Alpha Global Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration

IUPUI Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Alumni Association Scholarship


Social impact, public service, professional development, women's empowerment


Gender dynamics of social enterprise, women's leadership, professional development


HSSJ 1100: Introduction to Human Services

HSSJ 1177: Organizing for Social Justice

HSSJ 3100: Program Evaluation

HSSJ 4198: Social Entrepreneurship

PPPA 6001: Introduction to Public Service

PPPA 6081: Poverty & Social Policy

Broadus, Erica D. Does Gender Matter? A Feminist Exploration of the Financial Performance of Social Enterprise. Diss. The George Washington University, 2019.

Pandey, S., Pandey, S., Breslin, R., Broadus, E. "Public service motivation research program: Key challenges and future prospects." Chapter 19 (2017): 314-332.

Steurle, E., Cordes, J., Broadus, E. "New ways of Creating social value." Nonprofits and Government: Collaboration and Conflict (2016): 263.

PhD in Social Policy & Gender Studies from The George Washington University Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration

MPA in Nonprofit Management from Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs

BS in Marketing from Indiana University Kelley School of Business