Erica Rosenberg



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Ms. Rosenberg has over 25 years of wide-ranging legal and policy experience with Congress, agencies, academia, and NGO’s. She has over seven years of Capitol Hill experience, having been counsel to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s Public Lands, National Parks and Forests Subcommittee (1991-93) and the House Resources Committee (1999-2004) for Senator Dale Bumpers and Congressman George Miller, respectively. She was responsible for over forty pieces of legislation and oversight of federal land management agencies (i.e., Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, and National Park Service), and provided policy analysis and advice on Healthy Forests; wilderness and wild and scenic rivers; land acquisition, exchange, and disposal; ecosystem-wide and forest planning; endangered species; the roadless initiative; county payments; timber programs; and NEPA. While on the Hill, she also initiated and implemented a successful campaign to stop, through legislative and administrative changes, the Department of Defense’s improper taxation of Native Americans in the armed forces.

At the US Environmental Protection Agency, she was an attorney in the Office of General Counsel, where she worked on Clean Air Act issues, and in the Office of Regional Counsel in Denver, where as tribal counsel, she was responsible for legal aspects of implementation of environmental laws on 27 reservations. She has also served as deputy general counsel to a small independent federal agency and senior adviser to the Director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.

As Director of the Public Policy Program at Arizona State University’s School of Law, Ms. Rosenberg taught public lands policy and legislation and was an appointee to the Governor’s Oversight Council on Forest Health. Her international experience includes serving as senior environmental policy adviser on desertification and climate change at USAID and senior legislative counsel to the Republic of Palau’s Congress. She has written, spoken, consulted, and testified before Congress on public lands and indigenous issues; her op-eds have appeared in dozens of papers, including The Los Angeles Times. As a consultant, she has written white papers on land and state watershed protection strategies, park expansion campaigns, and wilderness policy, for clients such as The Sierra Club, The Sonoran Institute, and The Wilderness Society. She served as Board President to Western Lands, an NGO that watch-dogs privatization of federal lands and worked on an initiative to expand the National Park System.

Ms. Rosenberg graduated with a BA (cum laude) from Harvard, with a concentration in history. She also attended Boston College Law School and is a member of the Massachusetts Bar.