Erika Young


At Smart Growth America, Erika leads the organization’s outreach and coalition building work, advancing SGA’s mission and cultivating a nationwide movement of advocates to create and implement smart growth solutions. This builds on Erika’s time with Transportation for America, where she managed T4A’s outreach and partnerships program; which included maintaining relationships with partners, identifying trends and opportunities for new alliances and developing strategies for raising revenue.

Erika Young brings over ten years of outreach and legislative experience to the Smart Growth America team, building on her past experience in program management, public and constituent service, extensive writing, and advocacy. Ms. Young comes to SGA from the National Association of Regional Councils, where as transportation director she helped to formulate the organization’s positions on federal transportation legislation and oversaw a coalition advocating on their behalf.

Ms. Young previously worked in the US Congress, serving Senator Hollings (D-SC) on the US Senator Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, as well as Congressman Nick Rahall (D-WV-03) as his Legislative Director and staff to the US House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, where she managed a legislative team to establish and advocate the congressional district’s policy messages.