Ericka Plater-Turner

Senior Director of Professional Development, Diversity and Inclusion
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Ericka Plater-Turner

Ericka Plater-Turner is a career association professional with over 13 years’ experience in association management leading staff and volunteers by creating, managing, and building effective programs geared towards leadership and professional development. Ericka has utilized her skills to manage teams and create programming in the fields of public health, education, healthcare and now philanthropy.

Ericka is managing director of professional development and diversity and inclusion at the Council on Foundations where she oversees the Professional Development department programming, operations, and staff focusing on executive level education, leadership development and the fundamentals of philanthropy. In addition, she oversees the Council’s work in the area of diversity and inclusion and serves on the D5 Coalition Leadership Team.  Prior to this position, she was Director of Education at the Heart Rhythm Society where she managed the certified medical education portfolio of programming including accreditation.  As Assistant Director of Resource and Program Development at the American Association of School Administrators, Ericka focused on developing awareness and education related to the health of minority children in schools and the diversity of needs of urban and rural communities as well as championing the nurturing of diverse leaders in the education field.

Committed to improving the lives of women and children, especially underserved populations, Ericka served on the Board of Amethyst and Indigo, which focused on women of color.  She has authored articles related to association management and children’s health in public schools, and presented at various conferences in the education and association management field.  In her personal time, Ericka has also led workshops in the DC metro area for women and girls in collaboration with Whitman-Walker Clinic and DC Rape Crisis Center on topics including healing from sexual abuse, living healthy, eating to live, and self-development (recreating yourself).

Ericka, a native Washingtonian, is a Certified Association Executive (CAE), a DELP scholar, and holds an undergraduate degree from Howard University and a M.S. and M.B.A. from University of Maryland University College.

You should contact Ericka about the Council’s education, leadership development and professional development offerings, in addition to the diversity and inclusion platform.