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Emily Loper is the Policy Director for the Bay Planning Coalition where she designs and executes policy strategy and manages internal operations.
Prior to joining Bay Planning Coalition in February 2019, Loper was a Policy Director at the Bay Area Council, where she led aspects of the Council’s transportation policy work at the state, regional, and local level on behalf of high profile business members. In 2018, Loper 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 ferry service in the expenditure plan signed by Governor Brown. She has 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.
In 2016, Loper proudly advocated for the successful passage of the San Francisco Paid Parental Leave Ordinance, which made San Francisco the first city in the nation to guarantee fully paid leave for the purposes of bonding with a new child. She regularly testifies before public agencies, serves on public education panels, and briefs members of the press. Loper 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. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and young son.