Kaitlin Mattos grew up in Maryland and has lived all over the US and its territories. She is currently a PhD student in Environmental Engineering and the Engineering for Developing Communities program at the University of Colorado at Boulder working with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) on mid-tech water and sanitation infrastructure for remote and historically marginalized communities. She earned her undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies in 2009 from Washington University in St. Louis and worked for 6 years in natural resources management and environmental planning in the Mariana Islands (US Territories in the western Pacific). 

Mattos received her Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2017 after working with the University of Alaska Anchorage team studying water resources and reuse in rural Alaska. She received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Program Fellowship in 2016 and has used the opportunity to support continued fieldwork in rural Alaska researching public health and environmental issues. Her PhD work focuses on researching and re-engineering household water and wastewater treatment systems for unpiped communities in rural Alaska – including social, technical and environmental considerations – alongside ANTHC's Division of Environmental Health and Engineering. She has also received an NSF INTERN grant and scholarships from the Mortenson Center, the Beverly Sears Program, American Water, and Arcadis. 
Mattos currently resides in Anchorage, Alaska and frequently travels to communities in the Northwest, Interior and YK Delta areas for her work. In her free time, she works with local bicycling advocacy groups and enjoys whatever outdoor activities the weather and the seasons allow.