Erin Myers Madeira

Erin leads the Global Program on Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities at The Nature Conservancy. Based in Monterey, CA, her work focuses on strengthening the voice, choice and action of indigenous peoples and local communities to shape and manage natural territory in ways that improve people’s lives and drive conservation outcomes. In this role, Erin brings together leaders from different disciplines and countries address complex issues of sustainable natural resource management and connect TNC’s programs and partners on the ground with leading expertise and resources. Previously, Erin led the TNC Forest and Climate Program’s Community Green Growth Strategy. Erin has held positions as a Fulbright Fellow in Indonesia, Visiting Scientist at the Center for International Forestry Research, and Program Fellow at Resources for the Future where her work focused on climate change policy and programs to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). She has conducted research and published on community-level natural resource use and pathways to sustainable development in places ranging from the forest or Borneo to football field-sized atolls in the Pacific to California’s recreational fisheries.

Erin’s commitment to local resource management stems from her family’s roots in coastal Maine and later captaining a sailboat on a global circumnavigation where she experienced first-hand the links between sustainably managing coastal resources and community well-being.