A former committee assistant in the Legislative Policy and Research Office at the Oregon State Capitol, Erica joined Gard as a Public Affairs Associate in 2023. Using her background in research and her knowledge of the Oregon political landscape, she supports clients with drafting content, communications and community engagement plans. She also compiles stakeholder lists to help support clients in forming long-term relationships.
After graduating from Lewis & Clark College with a bachelor’s in biology, Erica worked as a research assistant in a biotechnology lab that propagated desirable rootstock for fruit tree growers. She later earned a master’s degree in student affairs administration, also from Lewis & Clark, where she held multiple student affairs positions. She then pivoted toward government relations in higher education, which led her to work as a research analyst in the government relations office at Portland State University.
A Portland-area native, Erica enjoys hiking, paddleboarding and yoga. She’s also a big fan of her dog, Lambeau, and the United States Women’s National Soccer Team.
Read Erica's latest post: It’s 2024 election season. Are your digital campaigns ready?