Erin Kitchell

Managing Director, Land, Environment, and Climate, Washington, DC

Erin Kitchell is the Managing Director of the Land, Environment, and Climate program at Namati. In this role, Erin leads efforts to generate comparative learning on legal empowerment methods and to document impact. Erin works closely with program teams to design and test innovative models of program delivery. She has experience managing large-scale action research projects and building grassroots organizations’ capacity to use program data for iterative learning.

Before joining Namati, Erin spent 10 years working on environmental and health issues in West Africa. She has conducted research on land rights and climate change in Senegal and Mali for the World Bank, USAID, and the Senegalese Agricultural Research Institute (ISRA). She is completing her PhD in Geography on pastoral land rights and local land governance. Erin formerly served as Executive Director of Mali Health, a grassroots NGO dedicated to improving maternal and child health in peri-urban areas.