Work Experience

  • County Council Representative, District 4, 2016 – present
  • Adjunct Faculty, UHH – CAFNRM & CoBE, 1997-present
  • Visiting Professor, DeVry University, 2007 – present
  • Adjunct Faculty, Kaplan University, 2011 – present
  • Environmental Program Office Manager and Community Liaison, State Senate, 2012-13
  • Business Development Specialist, Pacific Biodiesel, 2007-2011
  • Contract Manager, Hawai`i State, Hawai`i Health Systems Corporation, 2006-2007
  • Recycling Coordinator, County of Hawai`i, Dept. of Environmental Management, 2003-2006
  • Executive Director, Recycle Hawai`i, 2002-2003
  • Planner, County of Hawai`i, Planning Department, 2001-2002
  • Founding Board Member and Quality Control Officer, Hawai`i Organic Farmers Assn, 1993-2001
  • Coordinator, HELCO, Remote Residential Solar Electric & Street Lighting Programs, 1995-1999
  • Owner, Dakini Enterprises, Organic Tomatoes, Cut-Flower Orchids, and Consultancy, 1986-present

Community Activities

  • Commissioner, Environmental Council, State Office of Environmental Quality Control, 2004-2008
  • Vision Keeper, Envision Downtown Hilo 2025, 2005-2010
  • Commissioner, Cost of Government Commission, County of Hawai`i, 2010-2011
  • President, Hawaiian Shores Community Association, 2011- 2016
  • Member, Sierra Club
  • Member, American Association of University Women.
  • Member, League of Women Voters

Education

  • Wilmington Friends School (K-12)
  • University of Michigan (Educ. Major)
  • San Francisco City College: A.S. Horticulture and Landscape Design
  • University of Hawai`i at Hilo: B.S. Agriculture; Minor in Economics
  • University of Hawai`i at Manoa: M.A. Economics; Ph.D. Natural Resource Economics