Erin McGuire is the Associate Director of the Horticulture Innovation Lab. In this role, she supports and is a primary point of contact for all Horticulture Innovation Lab projects. Erin is also tasked with day-to-day operation of the management entity. She particularly specializes in monitoring and evaluation practices and U.S. policy-driven initiatives.
Before coming to the Horticulture Innovation Lab, Erin served as the policy director for the National Farm to School Network, where she focused on children's nutrition and boosting small farm income. Empowering disadvantaged women and children with better health, and small-scale farming communities with financial prosperity are important drivers of Erin's work. Erin spent time working for the U.S. Congress, for a congressional member that served on the House Agriculture Committee where she developed policies that benefited rural communities through better investments in government purchased local agriculture products.
She has also worked as a researcher at UC Davis, where she worked with the D-Lab to set up and evaluate curricula in Honduras and Thailand (on a Horticulture Innovation Lab project) and with the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences International Programs Office on evaluating a call center efficacy in agricultural extension in Ghana and Bangladesh.
Erin McGuire holds a master's degree in International Agricultural Development from UC Davis and also a bachelor's degree in political science from the College of Santa Fe.
Favorite vegetable: Arugula
What is your favorite travel tip?
Window seat is the best, all other arguments are null
What do you like most about science?
I like that it is something that doesn't change no matter who you are or where you are, it can only be further contributed to. Giving everyone access to knowledge is a great equalizer.