Project Manager, Land Use and Infrastructure Policy
California Energy Commission
Erica Brand is a project manager with the California Energy Commission’s land use and infrastructure planning unit. Previously, Ms. Brand served as director of the California energy strategy at The Nature Conservancy, where she worked on state and regional policies related to clean electricity and land conservation. She led a team that focused on decarbonizing the electricity grid, providing science and policy analysis to state and federal regulatory agencies that develop and implement clean electricity policies. Erica previously served on the Board of Directors of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies (CEERT). Before joining The Nature Conservancy, she worked as a senior environmental policy specialist at Pacific Gas & Electric Company, focusing on utility operations and habitat and species protection. Erica holds a master of science degree in environmental management from the University of San Francisco and a bachelor of science degree in biological sciences from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.