Erika Myers is an electric vehicle subject matter expert at WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. She leads the electric mobility team’s research efforts and works with cities across the globe to identify opportunities to electrify transportation, including infrastructure deployment and vehicle-grid integration methods for public transit and other municipal fleets.
Erika has worked for nearly two decades on clean energy, alternative transportation fuels, and distributed energy resource topics in government, for-profit, and non-profit roles. Her background gives her a unique perspective on the opportunity to leverage renewable energy and electric vehicle charging to reduce emissions through the widespread deployment of vehicle-grid integration. She ‘walks the talk’ by owning two battery electric vehicles powered by 100% renewable energy, which she manages through a networked Level 2 residential charger.
Erika is a frequent guest speaker at energy industry events and has published dozens of reports and white papers on transportation electrification and clean energy issues. She currently serves on an electric vehicle (EV) steering committee for the U.S. Department of Energy and holds a leadership position in the Women of Electric Vehicles, Washington D.C. Chapter. Erika previously served as an EV advisor for the Fuels Institute, the National Energy Foundation, and U.S. DRIVE (Driving Research and Innovation for Vehicle efficiency and Energy sustainability). Erika was awarded the 2019 Public Utility Fortnightly (PUF) “Fortnightly Under 40” award for her work on vehicle-grid integration and a PUF Innovator Award in 2018. Prior to joining WRI, Erika was the Principal of Transportation Electrification for the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), an alternative fuels and clean energy consultant with ICF International, a renewable energy manager for the South Carolina Energy Office, and a Clean Cities Coordinator for the Palmetto State Clean Fuels Coalition.
Erika holds a bachelor's degree in biology from Clemson University and a master's degree in earth and environmental resource management, with a concentration in renewable energy and climate change, from the University of South Carolina.
In her spare time, Erika volunteers for her city’s Energy Transition Subcommittee to increase the amount of public EV charging and procure electric buses for the local school district. She also mentors young professionals interested in a clean energy career.