Erika is a Senior Program Manager in the Southwest region. She focuses primarily on issues concerning the national parks in Utah.
Erika’s experiences prior to joining NPCA include helping to secure wilderness designation for nearly two million acres of Nevada’s public lands in her role as conservation director for the Nevada Wilderness Project. While there, she researched and developed wilderness proposals, participated in grassroots organizing, and developed relationships with a diverse group of people to build programmatic support and organizational stability. Upon moving to Salt Lake City, Erika’s interest in helping to build sustainable organizations led her to the Wild Utah Project, a non-profit conservation science research group, where she was the development director for two years. Erika’s career in conservation began with seasonal stints in natural resource management at Isle Royale National Park and the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park along with time spent conducting riparian plant community surveys with the Colorado Natural Heritage Program. She has a B.S. in Natural Resource Management with a minor in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University. She also has a M.S. in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where her research focused on managing lands adjacent to a protected area from the private land manager’s perspective.