Specialties: Coastal and Nearshore Environment, Cumulative Impacts, Ecosystem Health, Environmental Law and Policy, Fisheries, Marine Governance, Ocean Conservation, Ocean Education
Ashley Erickson serves as a part-time advisor on strategic planning and organizational transition at the Center for Ocean Solutions. Ashley was the Center’s assistant director for law and policy from 2015 to 2017, policy and education manager from 2014 to 2015 and a law and policy fellow from 2011 to 2014. During her six years at COS, she contributed 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. She has expertise in ecosystem-based marine and coastal planning, the influences of multiple stressors to marine ecosystems and fisheries management. As an advisor, she continues to work with the Center’s staff to deepen and broaden its engagement with decisionmakers, collaborators, and graduate students, shortening and strengthening the links between knowledge, action and positive change for thriving marine ecosystems and vibrant coastal communities.
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.