Erica Goldman is the deputy director at NCSE. In this role, she leads NCSE and its Member Institutions in building capacity to bridge science and policy to improve the scientific basis of environmental decision-making. Erica has a varied background that includes science writing, policy, and academic research. Previously, she served as the director of policy engagement for COMPASS, a nonprofit organization that helps environmental scientists effectively share their knowledge in the public discourse and decision-making. She also served in a six-month position in the White House Council on Environmental Quality on the Land & Water Ecosystems Team. She has worked as a science writer for the Maryland Sea Grant College Program; served as a Knauss marine policy fellow in the Natural Resources Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives; and worked as a news intern at Science Magazine. Erica received her doctorate in biology from the University of Washington and her bachelor’s degree from Yale University.