Erin Bendily | Vice President for Policy & Strategy


Prior to joining Pelican, Erin led the Louisiana chapter of Propel America, a non-profit organization that trains and supports young adults as they transition from high school to careers. She also served as the Assistant Superintendent for Policy and Governmental Affairs at the Louisiana Department of Education for nearly ten years, where she coordinated the development of the agency’s policy agenda, served as a liaison to state and federal government agencies and elected officials, and worked to advance the agency’s policy priorities through legislative and regulatory processes. A significant part of that work involved expanding educational choice, strengthening accountability for student outcomes, and preparing students for post-secondary education and careers.

Erin served as education policy advisor to Governor Bobby Jindal from 2008-2010. Prior to his gubernatorial administration, she coordinated the Louisiana congressional delegation’s constituent services response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita while serving as then-Congressman Jindal’s deputy district director.

Erin earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Southeastern Louisiana University, a master’s degree in public administration from Louisiana State University, and Ph.D. in educational leadership and research from LSU. She and her family live in Baton Rouge.