Emily Loper is a Policy Director at the Bay Area Council where she leads aspects of the Council’s transportation policy work related to maritime and goods movement. In Loper’s past work with the Bay Area Council, she advocated for the successful passage of Regional Measure 3, a $4.5 billion plan to invest in transportation projects across the Bay Area, and led the advocacy to secure significant capital and operating funding for the expansion of regional ferry service. She also worked with an array of transportation agencies to support the growth of new transportation technologies and services to complement public transit systems and improve regional mobility.
Prior to rejoining the Bay Area Council in 2022, she was the Vice President of Public Policy for Bay Planning Coalition, where she led the organization’s policy and regulatory strategy for transportation, environmental and land use issues facing the San Francisco Bay and shoreline. Loper also has experience working in federal and local legislative offices for Senator Dianne Feinstein on Capitol Hill and then-Supervisor David Chiu in San Francisco City Hall.
Loper received a Master of Public Administration degree from the USC Price School of Public Policy, where she was a Dean’s Merit Scholar, and graduated with honors from UCLA with a degree in Political Science and International Relations. A Bay Area native, she lives in Oakland with her husband and two young children.