Erin D. Matson
Erin D. Matson is a senior consultant at Climate Focus. Her work primarily focuses on agriculture and other land use topics.
During her graduate studies, Erin worked as a research assistant to professors studying urban climate resilience, soil conservation and development initiatives, and agricultural biodiversity conservation. Previously, she was an urban farmer and educator in Chicago for six years. She instructed a nine-month college certificate course in sustainable urban horticulture through the Chicago Botanic Garden's Windy City Harvest program, in partnership with the City Colleges of Chicago. As a co-founder of a small urban farm business, she adapted sustainable growing practices to urban environments, including implementing water and soil conservation measures while supplying wholesalers and family-owned retail businesses with fresh produce. To relax, Erin enjoys dancing, baking, and traveling.
Erin holds an MA degree (Global Environmental Policy) from the School of International Service at American University and a BA degree (South Asian Languages and Civilizations) from the University of Chicago. As an undergraduate she pursued language study for two summers with the American Institute of Indian Studies in Jaipur and Chandigarh, India.