Specialties: Coastal and Nearshore Environment, Cumulative Impacts, Ecosystem Health, Environmental Law and Policy, Fisheries, Marine Governance, Ocean Conservation, Ocean Education
Ashley Erickson is the assistant director for law and policy at the Center for Ocean Solutions. In this role, Ashley contributes her deep knowledge of ocean and coastal law and policy issues to meet the needs and challenges of decisionmakers whose actions directly impact ocean health. Prior to becoming assistant director for law and policy, Ashley was the Center's policy and education manager from 2014 to 2015 and a law and policy fellow from 2011 to 2014. She specifically relies on her previous work with the Center on ecosystem-based marine and coastal planning, the influences of multiple stressors to marine ecosystems and fisheries management. Her current contributions build on these previous activities as she continues to deepen and broaden the Center’s engagement with decisionmakers, collaborators and graduate students, shortening and strengthening the links between knowledge, action and positive change for the ocean and coasts.
A native of coastal North Carolina, she earned a B.A. in both psychology and english from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Law, where she focused on ocean and coastal law and international and federal fisheries regulation. Before joining the Center, Ashley served as a Knauss marine policy fellow in the office of Congressman Sam Farr (CA-17) in Washington, D.C. where she strove for the overarching legislative goal of improved national ocean policy by collaborating with legislators, committees, agencies, environmental groups and constituents. Ashley is a member of the North Carolina and California State Bars.