Co-Founder and Executive Director
We’ll use examples from successful ioby projects who have been able to build and rally a base of supporters and raise $10,000 in just six weeks. We’ll outline the best practices in a six week campaign, give specific examples on creating media and online communications, particularly in crafting effective emails. And finally, we’ll walk you through a set of the leading crowdfunding platforms out there and describe some important factors you should consider before you begin a crowdfunding campaign.
Before ioby, Erin Barnes was an environmental editor at Men’s Journal magazine, freelance environmental writer, and contributor to Al Gore’s book Our Choice. She conducted field research on socio-economic values of water in Nicaragua and the Amazon, and worked as a community organizer at the Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition. She has undergraduate degrees from the University of Virginia. Erin serves on the Board of the Manhattan Land Trust, the Steering Committee for EPIP-NYC, and as an advisor to the Social Innovators Collective, Shared Squared and Charity Sub.
Brandon Whitney is a Leader in Residence at the Colin L. Powell Center for Leadership and Service, an associate with the Center for Humans and Nature, and a visiting fellow with the Next Generation Engagement Project. An environmental anthropologist by training, Brandon has worked for the Earth Institute at Columbia University, the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation and the Urban Resources Initiative. He holds undergraduate degrees from NC State University.