erin barnes

Erin Barnes




Nominated by David Biello

Erin Barnes is CEO/Co-founder of ioby, a crowd-sourcing platform that blends the concepts of crowdfunding and resource organizing to address climate change and promote health equity solutions tailored to individual communities. Funded by citizen philanthropy, the organization provides training, support and resources for community organizers, as well as a peer-to-peer network that provides technical assistance. ioby also mobilizes emerging leaders at the neighborhood level to increase civic participation, and partners with existing organizations and municipalities to translate that organization into action. Erin is also one of the inaugural Obama Fellows (2018), and has previously worked as a freelance writer for New York Magazine, Men’s Journal and National Geographic’s “The Green Guide.” She also developed a user-friendly web platform for the United Nations Development Programme. She holds a master’s degree in environmental management and water resource economics from Yale University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in arts, English and American studies from University of Virginia.