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 conservation and marine protected areas topics at Stanford University. Her Ph.D. research focused on improving protected areas management effectiveness and evaluation in the Mediterranean and Middle East regions.