Erik Woodward was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, and received his BA from the University of Arizona in international studies and anthropology. After graduating, he spent nearly five years working for a human rights organization in Guatemala, where he assisted rural communities in accessing legal services before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. At Jackson, Erik focused his studies on issues of environmental governance, specifically studying the legal and policy impacts of climate change in the South Pacific. After graduating, Erik will continue his studies in law school.