Erica Roper is a Masters of Regional Planning Student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Erica is currently a Research
Assistant working on case studies for the Sustainable Adaptive Gradients in the Coastal Environment (SAGE) research network. Erica is particularly interested in the impacts of climate change adaptation, mitigation, and inaction on economic development and social systems. Erica received a Master’s in Science in Sustainability Management at Columbia University 2013 and a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Design and Urban Studies, magna cum laude also from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2010. While pursuing her Master in Sustainability Management Erica worked at HR&A Advisors Inc. a Real Estate, Economic Development, and Sustainability consulting firm where she performed multidisciplinary tasks for a wide variety of innovate
economic development, open space, and climate resiliency projects. Prior to her work at HR&A, Erica was a Junior Project Manager for the engineering division of the Department of Traffic, Parking and Transportation for the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Erica planned and managed the bike rack installation and repair programs at over 200 locations throughout Cambridge. Erica presented on local food system financing at the Re-visioning Sustainability 2014 Conference at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She believes that learning as a lifelong process and is passionate about building more physically, economically, and socially sustainable, climate resilient cities.