Angela C. Erickson

Strategic Research Director

Angela C. Erickson uncovers and relays facts to the public through data analysis and storytelling. She launched and directs Pacific Legal Foundation’s strategic research team, whose findings can guide better policy on PLF’s biggest issues. Her innovative team does this by using systematic high-quality research and storytelling to share information with opinion leaders, the press, and the public. 

Angela is leading PLF’s research on home equity theft. She is an expert on economic liberty issues and has coauthored Competitor’s Veto: A Roadblock to New Businesses. She also brings empirical expertise to separation of powers issues and has co-authored Who Rules the Rulemakers? and has been published in The Wall Street Journal. 

Believing that the best way to lead a fulfilling life is by achieving our fullest potential and helping others do the same, Angela joined PLF to help get government out of people’s way. She is optimistic that individuals and groups are working hard to solve problems and elevate others without the need for government help. She runs her own team with this mindset. 

Prior to PLF, Angela provided research expertise to various national and state-based policy organizations. And she was a leading issue expert on occupational licensing and civil forfeiture at the Institute for Justice. Her civil forfeiture research has paved the way for more data and better laws and was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court. Her occupational licensing research has had a significant and measurable influence at the state and federal levels, including being cited by the Obama White House. In addition, her research on food trucks was featured on Good Morning America. 

Originally from Wisconsin, Angela received a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago and earned her undergraduate degree from Beloit College. She lives in Kentucky with her mellifluous husband, Caleb, and their two children. In her spare time, Angela expands her horizons with yoga, hiking, travel, and non-fiction literature. 

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April 02, 2021

Individual liberty, property rights, and conservation are intertwined

Lawmakers in Montana want to take away the right of certain nonprofits to purchase land through free market transactions, a move that would harm environmental conservation, rather than protect it. The bill's sponsor is trying to legislate the American Prairie Reserve out of existence by denying them basic private property rights. The American Prair ...

March 31, 2021

The Center Square: Let Kentucky thrive by removing unnecessary state laws that kill jobs

Co-authored by Raleigh Bruner, owner of Kentucky-based Wildcat Moving and The Wildcat Group, and former PLF client. A report from the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce details how Kentucky's employment has made significant strides in bouncing back from last year's pandemic-driven drop. But we still have a long way to go to get back to pre-pandemic ...

February 08, 2021

The Wall Street Journal: Who gets to make the rules? Washington may finally get it right

Biden should keep Trump's last-minute executive order making regulation more accountable. President Biden's team is understandably skeptical of "midnight" executive actions issued during President Trump's final weeks, but one order, issued Jan. 18, is as valuable in reinforcing democratic accountability as it is constitutionally necessary. It is in ...

February 01, 2021

Why competitor’s veto laws need to be ended for good

What do the following three people have in common? Raleigh Bruner is a Kentucky entrepreneur with an MBA who started advertising moving services on Craigslist, which led to him starting his own moving company. Ursula Newell-Davis of New Orleans is a social worker who wants to provide respite services to families with special needs children. ...

January 11, 2021

States are suspending Certificate of Need laws in the wake of COVID-19 but the damage might already be done

Updated on January 11, 2021 With the spread of COVID-19 pushing hospitals to full or near-full capacity in Florida, New York, Washington, and elsewhere, numerous states are reevaluating one policy that is meant to prevent the growth of health care services and facilities. Certificate of Need (CON) laws currently exist in 38 states across the ...

August 13, 2020

National Review: Watch out for home equity theft on the horizon

As businesses closed and staff were laid off as a result of COVID-19, millions of Americans were faced with a personal financial crisis. As a result, some local governments have temporarily adjusted policies that might have threatened residents' ability to stay in their homes. For example, counties in Michigan suspended all 2020 property-tax forecl ...

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