Erica Martling graduated from Middlebury College in 2003 with an international relations and political science degree. She then decided to follow her passion for the outdoors and pursue an adventurous career as a naturalist guide and professional skier, working in such places as Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park. This led her from Alaska all the way down to central Mexico. She also became involved in various nonprofit ventures while in Mexico, including Mujeres con la Tierra, a women's empowerment organization in Puerto Vallarta that she helped launch.
Deciding that her future was in international aid work and environmental education, Erica attended the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, where she obtained a master's degree in international development and specialized in environment and energy studies. She was attracted to CEN because of our focus on community development in the Amazon, one of the world's richest areas for biodiversity. During a summer internship with CEN, Erica traveled to the region and helped organize women's groups for the villages of Suruacá and Maguary. She also helped the communities put together educational seminars on income generation through ecotourism.
Since graduating from SAIS in 2006, Erica has been working for a clean energy development company called Econergy International, based in Boulder, Colorado. Econergy's Project Investment & Development division is building a worldwide portfolio of clean energy assets that will generate both power and carbon credit sales. She is mostly working on projects in Bolivia right now but says that she hopes to go to Brazil, where additional Econergy offices are located, again in the future.