Erica Goldman

Director of Policy Engagement
[email protected]
8720 Georgia Ave Suite 803
Silver Spring

I am COMPASS’ Director of Policy Engagement. In this role, I oversee our work to support scientists to engage with policy dialogues. I coach and train scientists, helping them understand policy culture in order to most effectively connect with this audience. I also help facilitate connections between scientists and decision makers through briefings, meetings and other conversations. I contribute to COMPASS’ leadership, helping chart our course and strategies and fundraising for our work and initiatives.

I have a varied background that includes science writing, policy, and academic research. I received my Ph.D. in biology from the University of Washington, where I studied the biomechanics of jellyfish swimming. I served on a temporary assignment at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, worked as a science writer for Maryland Sea Grant, served as a Knauss Fellow in the House Resources Committee, and worked as a news intern at Science Magazine. I draw inspiration from connections to the natural world and have been lucky enough to experience a number of unusual ecosystems firsthand - such as Antarctica, the deep-sea hydrothermal vents of the eastern Pacific, and Lake Baikal in Siberia.