Erika Drazen

MBA  2017
Master of Environmental Science  2017

Erika is in her last year as a joint degree candidate. After graduation, she aims to work for, and eventually manage, a conservation and sustainable development nonprofit or consulting firm that focuses on improving the environment as well as the livelihoods of those who depend on it. Her academic interests include political ecology, environmental anthropology, community management of natural resources, and conservation of tropical rainforests.  This past summer she worked in the Environment and Natural Resources Practice at Chemonics helping the organization form technical expertise on climate change, as well as determining ways to effectively help the practices engage with project administration (mostly of USAID contracts).  During the summer of 2015, she examined the factors that enable successful upscaling of GEF Small Grants Programme projects, as well as researched women's inclusion in REDD readiness in Sri Lanka. Currently at Yale, she works with The Forests Dialogue to plan and execute multi-stakeholder dialogues to build consensus around forest-related issues. Additionally, she is a research assistant on a Hewlett Foundation study examining evidence-informed policy and implementation in the international development field.  She has worked in the environmental nonprofit sector in India, Sri Lanka, Israel, Australia, Panama and the United States. She received her B.A. in Anthropology with minors in Art History and Geography & Environmental Studies from UCLA.

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