Erin KanzigRiver Programs Research and Policy Associate

Erin Kanzig

Detroit, Michigan

Erin grew up in a small mountain town in Oregon, where her family appreciated and explored the natural splendor around them. Erin earned her BA in Sociology and Environmental Studies from Whitman College, where she became interested in understanding the intricate, complex, and challenging relationships humans have with the natural world. Upon graduating she moved to Detroit, MI, a city that has been reckoning with environmental justice issues for years. Her work experience has ranged from supporting young women experiencing houselessness to teaching preschoolers and kindergarteners. Seeking to return to environmental work and have an impact on policy issues, Erin returned to Oregon for graduate school. During her time pursuing a Master of Public Policy degree at Oregon State University she worked at the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board to research and evaluate the permitting processes for flood water infrastructure. She has since worked on policy research projects related to environmental justice, energy accessibility, and governmental Covid-19 responses.

With River Network, Erin serves as a researcher, writer, and connector, creating a hub of information about state policies and advocacy efforts related to clean, affordable drinking water that’s accessible for all.

In her spare time Erin loves long-distance running, backpacking, bike adventures, and embroidering.