Matthew Alexander is currently the Regional Program Manager for Latin America at Mercy Corps. He leads the land rights programs in the region and is the co-founder of the organization’s Red Tierras initiative. For the past thirteen years, Matthew has focused on participatory and sustainable development initiatives across Latin America, including in Cuba, México, Honduras, Guatemala, Bolivia, Colombia and Ecuador. From 2004 to 2009, he served as Founder and President of Ahmsa, an organization that alleviates poverty and promotes dignity by fostering entrepreneurship and innovation in marginalized communities. Previously, Matthew had worked with a variety of development organizations, from grassroots groups supporting the rights of indigenous peoples to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Matthew is currently on leave of absence from Harvard University, where he has focused on social entrepreneurship as part of a Master’s degree in Public Administration.. Matthew has an M.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Ulster and a B.S. in Psychology with a Minor in Public Health and Community Medicine from the University of Washington. As a result of his work and research, Matthew has been selected as an Ashoka Changemaker, Ventures Entrepreneurship Award Winner, George Mitchell Scholar, Fulbright Scholar, Rotary Club Honorary
Red Tierras is a network that connects land rights practitioners from marginalized communities, NGOs and governmental agencies across Latin America to replicate best practices and share lessons learned in land conflict resolution, agrarian reform and sustainable natural resource management. Network activities include onsite cross-visits and a virtual platform at www.redtierras.org.