Erin Barnes, Co-Founder

In 2018, Erin was named an inaugural Obama Foundation Fellow for ioby’s contribution to civic innovation. In 2012, the Rockefeller Foundation awarded Erin and her co-founders at ioby the Jane Jacobs Medal for New Technology and Innovation.

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

Erin holds a B.A. in English and American Studies from the University of Virginia and a Master of Environmental Management from Yale University. While 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 has served on the boards of the Bronx and Manhattan Land Trusts, EcoDistricts, and as Board Chair of Resource Media.


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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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