About - Staff Member - Erica Thomas
Erica is the Director of Policy, Environment, Sustainability, and Regulatory at the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI). Erica joined ITI after a distinguished career as a U.S. diplomat, where she focused primarily on environment, science, and technology issues. Erica comes to ITI following two senior management roles in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Energy Resources (ENR). Prior to working in ENR, Erica served as the Counselor for Energy, Environment, Science and Technology at the U.S. Mission to the European Union. While there, she resolved a ten-year impasse on science and technology cooperation, resulting in significantly increased joint U.S.-EU research activities. Erica has also served multiple tours at the U.S. Embassy Beijing. While in Beijing, she led an air monitoring program that was pivotal in drawing worldwide attention to China’s air pollution problem, which China is now working diligently to address. She also ran numerous ministerial-level engagements, including the U.S.-China Innovation Dialogue, the U.S.-China Joint Committee on Science and Technology, and the U.S.-China climate negotiations leading up to the 2015 Paris Agreement. In 2009, Erica was the Senior Coordinator for the first annual meeting of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, which included approximately twenty U.S. and Chinese cabinet-level officials. In earlier tours, Erica covered environment, science, and technology issues at the American Institute in Taiwan in Taipei and served in the State Department's Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs in Washington, D.C. Before working at the U.S. Department of State, Erica worked at the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Erica has a Master's in Public Policy from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania.