Erika Drazen is Associate of Policy and Research at Climate Advisers, where she focuses on forest and land use issues. She has experience working on forests and climate change, zero deforestation supply chains, REDD+, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Most recently, Erika worked for the Yale School of Management on a study funded by the Hewlett Foundation examining how evidence informs policy and implementation in sustainable development. Previously, she worked for The Forests Dialogue organizing multi-stakeholder dialogues around different forest-related issues, leading their initiatives on Understanding Deforestation-Free (UDF) and Tree Plantations in the Landscape (TPL). She is also an SDG Talent, one of the first cohort from UNLEASH Innovation Lab.
Erika has an extensive background in conducting original research, mainly in social and political ecology, and is concerned with issues of social and environmental justice. She has worked on environmental issues in the United States, India, Sri Lanka, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Panama, Chile, Israel, and South Africa.
Erika holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Master of Environmental Science (MESc) from Yale University, and graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Follow her on Twitter @erikadrazen.