As a lifelong activist, mother, and outdoorswoman, Erica is passionate about helping nonprofits and community groups effectively organize to protect their air, water, native species, and land from exploitation. She brings 15+ years of experience as a grassroots organizer, fundraiser, policy analyst, and operations geek to her role at 350PDX. After returning to Oregon two years ago - Erica served as State Director of Sierra Club’s Oregon Chapter, where she focused on attracting new local funders and helped build a team of talented organizers and volunteers to strengthen the club’s local climate and fossil fuels resistance campaigns and transition to a more justice and equity centered organization. In Colorado, Erica served as Outreach Director of Colorado Trout Unlimited, coordinating the grassroots power of 10,000 members and 23 locally-based chapters to protect the state’s public lands and rivers; she served Colorado Governor Bill Ritter’s administration supporting the implementation of the state’s pioneering Climate Action Plan and transition to a clean energy economy. Born and raised in Michigan, Erica spent the majority of her time in and on the water, combing the Great Lakes for Petoskey stones. In her free time she enjoys trail running, hiking, and paddling her way throughout the wild and scenic Pacific Northwest with her family. She holds degrees in Social Psychology and Biology from Mount Holyoke College with training in salmon ecology and community organizing.