Community Leadership Mentors


Erica Sáenz holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.

She joined the University of Texas at Austin in 2008 and currently serves as Associate Vice President for Community and External Relations (CER). The CER portfolio includes the Division for Diversity and Community Engagement’s communications and special events teams. CER is also responsible for providing program and sponsorship management for campus and community partnerships. Prior to coming to UT-Austin, Sáenz held various positions at UCLA including serving in the chancellor’s office where she liaised with campus and community constituencies on behalf of the assistant chancellor and assistant provost and gained experience in managing emerging areas of campus concern of both external and internal origin.

Sáenz is a proud member of Austin Creative Alliance, Austin Script Works, FuturoFund Austin, Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas- Austin branch, Las Comadres Para Las Americas, and the Screen Actors Guild. Her current board and service commitments include the Austin Involved Advisory Council, Community Action Network, Goodwill Industries of Central Texas, Hispanic Scholarship Consortium Advisory Council, I Live Here, I Give Here, the Long Center for the Performing Arts, Teatro Vivo, and the Texas Exes Hispanic Alumni Network.


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