Erin Barnes, Co-Founder and CEO

As ioby's CEO and Co-Founder, Erin has led ioby's strategic planning, governance, and fundraising for the last 11 years. In addition to her role at ioby, Erin is Board chair of Resource Media and an Obama Foundation Fellow.

Prior to ioby, Erin was an environmental writer with a background in water management. From 2007-2008, she was the environmental editor at Men’s Journal magazine, and was a freelance writer on climate change and other environmental issues. From 2003-2005, she worked as a community organizer and public information officer at the Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition in Portland, Oregon.

While completing her Master of Environmental Management in water science, economics, and policy at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, she was a U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies scholar in Portuguese. She did field research on socio-economic values of water in Goyena, Nicaragua, and the Bolivian and Brazilian Amazon. Her report “Market Values of the Commercial Fishery on the Madeira River: Calculating the Costs of the Santo Antônio and Jirau Dams to Fishermen in Rondônia, Brasil and Pando-Beni, Bolivia” was published in the Tropical Resources Institute Journal in 2007.

Erin also holds a B.A. in English and American Studies from the University of Virginia. Erin lives in Brooklyn and serves as Board Chair of Resource Media. The Rockefeller Foundation awarded Erin and her co-founders Brandon Whitney and Cassie Flynn at ioby the 2012 Jane Jacobs Medal for New Technology and Innovation. In April 2018, Erin was selected to join the inaugural class of Obama Fellows, recognized by President and Mrs. Obama for ioby's work in leading the next wave of civic innovation in America.

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Articles featuring Erin:

Obama Foundation Honors ioby

2% for Racial Justice Work

What Charlottesville Means to Me

The Hill: Rebuilding a functional democracy in America is an uphill battle

The 2018 Obama Fellows

Wall Street Journal: Donor of the Day

WNYC: Crowdfunding Civic Projects

WNYC: in our back yard

Shareable: ioby's Erin Barnes on the Nonprofit Advantage in Civic Crowdfunding

The Progressive: Fix it and they will come

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