Diane Matar joined the Science Philanthropy Alliance as an advising fellow in July 2020. She has experience in interdisciplinary scientific research, nonprofit management, and fundraising. Prior to joining the Alliance, she was a postdoctoral scholar in the Woods Institute for the Environment and the Graduate School of Education Social Ecology Lab at Stanford University. As part of her postdoc work, Matar oversaw the Redwoods project, which studies people’s attitudes toward climate change, and explores how hopeful messaging may influence climate action. She was also a guest lecturer on several conservation topics at Stanford University. Her Ph.D. research focused on improving UNESCO Biosphere Reserve management effectiveness in the Mediterranean region.
Matar has solid experience working with environmental nonprofits in strategy, fundraising, and science advisory roles. She has served as chair of the California Expert Assessment Group for the Marine Protected Areas Green List and is a mentor for the international Master of Environmental Science Policy and Management (MESPOM) program.
Prior to obtaining her Ph.D. in environmental sciences and policy at the Central European University in Budapest, Matar received an M.S. in environmental science policy and management from the University of Manchester, and a B.S. in public health from the American University of Beirut.