Erissa Scalera

Former Director, Program Influence

Erissa Scalera was the Director, Program Influence for The Rockefeller Foundation, based in the New York office. She joined the Foundation in 2012, and was responsible for strategic external communications efforts for the Foundation president and a range of initiatives that included the Foundation’s work in health, transportation, and youth employment. Prior to joining The Rockefeller Foundation, Ms. Scalera worked as a communications associate with the Kaiser Family Foundation, where she coordinated strategy to support and leverage the work of the global health, HIV, and health reform policy teams through both traditional and social media. Previously, she covered transportation issues as a reporter for WAMU 88.5 in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Scalera holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Arts degree in journalism and public affairs from American University.

Authored Content

  • Feb 02 2015
    Blog Post Beyond Traffic: What Will Transportation Look Like in 2045 Tonight, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx is sitting down with Google’s Eric Schmidt for a fireside chat, livestreamed on YouTube, to discuss DOT’s “Beyond Traffic,” which looks at the future of transportation in the United States. Through this effort, DOT is calling for ideas about what transportation might look like in the year 2045—how […] Erissa Scalera
  • Feb 20 2014
    Blog Post How Bus Rapid Transit Will Transform City Transportation Rockefeller Foundation President Dr. Judith Rodin recently sat down with MetroFocus host Rafael Pi Roman to talk about Bus Rapid Transit and why Mayor Bill de Blasio should consider it as a solution for New York City’s transportation problems. “We think that transportation is, at its heart, about equity. People who need to get linked to […] Erissa Scalera