Erin D. Benham was reappointed to the Board by Governor Ned Lamont in April 2019. Ms. Benham was elected as Vice Chairperson of the Board in August 2021. She serves as Chair of the Board’s Legislation and Policy Development Committee and a member of the Accountability and Support Committee. She taught in Meriden Public Schools for 36 years and is the retired president of the Meriden Federation of Teachers and executive committee vice president of AFT Connecticut. She also serves on the board of directors for Project Excel and The Sisters' Project. She earned a bachelor's degree from Saint Joseph College and a master's degree and educational leadership degree from Southern Connecticut State University. Mrs. Benham was the recipient of the President's Award by AFT Connecticut in 2019 and 2013. Her term expires in February 2023.