Erin Barrar

Senior Business Operations Lead

Erin is a systems maker. As the Senior Business Operations Lead at IDEO.org, she develops new approaches to address critical needs within our organization. She collaborates with design teams in New York and San Francisco to streamline our work and empower the organization to more effectively channel its creative energy. Originally a member of the Amplify program, Erin oversaw finances, logistics, and grants management for this five-year partnership with the UK Department for International Development. 

Before joining IDEO.org in San Francisco, Erin spent four years working throughout East and Southern Africa while doing project management and business development for large-scale USAID-funded programs at Chemonics International. Her career in international development includes two years supporting several grassroots organizations in Cape Town, South Africa, and she got her start working with the U.S. Institute of Peace, a federal institution focused on international conflict resolution.

Erin holds a masters degree in development studies from the University of Cape Town and a bachelor’s degree from the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University.

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