Pearson is an environmental educator and environmental policy researcher. He began working on environmental justice issues while earning his B.S. in Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont and brought this focus to his work in farming and food justice in South Carolina. Currently, Pearson lives in Asheville, North Carolina, where he works with a variety of environmental nonprofit organizations focusing on climate justice and just sustainability. In his free time, Pearson enjoys climbing, backpacking, and drinking too much coffee.